Interpersonal Attraction Outline

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Unformatted text preview: Interpersonal Attraction 11/19/10 Interpersonal Attraction • Dominant assumption: People are basically ______________ • We are attracted to those individuals whose presence is __________ to us – They may do rewarding ________ for us – They may possess rewarding ____________ – They give us access to external ________ Interpersonal Attraction • Several factors have been identified that are related to interpersonal attraction • One stands out among all the rest • The single most important characteristic that tends to determine attraction is _________ ___________________ What makes a woman attractive? • Big ________ • Wide ________ • Prominent cheek bones • __________ ratio • Symmetry What makes a man attractive? • Broad ______ • __-shaped frame • _________ • Symmetry The “Halo Effect” • There is an incredibly positive stereotype associated with physical attractiveness • Called the “halo effect” or the “_____________ ___________” stereotype • Physically attractive people are perceived to be – Happier – More __________ – More socially skilled – More __________________ – More intelligent Physical Attractiveness • “_____________” seems to lead to perceptions of attractiveness • Although there are cultural differences in what is viewed as attractive, there is tremendous consensus on what constitutes attractive features Physical Attractiveness • Physical attractiveness has been shown to bias a wide range of judgments including – Evaluations of performance – Behavior during ________________ – Courtroom ___________ Role of Attractiveness in Teacher’s Evaluation of Essays 6.7 6.6 5.9 5.2 4.7 2.7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Attractive Control Unattractive Ratings of Essay Quality Good Quality Poor Quality Role of Attractiveness in Courtroom Evaluations 2.8 5.1 5.2 5.5 4.3 4.3 1 2 3 4 5 6 Attractive Control Unattractive Number of Years Burglary Swindle Why do we see these effects? • By being around physically attractive others, we raise our own status in the eyes of others (and perhaps ourselves) – Relates to the hedonistic assumption • People tend to rate attractive people as more __________________ – They are like me and my characteristics are good • Maybe they deserve it (i.e., they actually do possess these more positive characteristics more than others) – Beware the role of self-fulfilling prophecy! Factors that affect attraction • Physical Attractiveness • Similarity...
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course PSYCH 6 taught by Professor Devers during the Spring '12 term at UCSD.

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