Lecture Notes for Attraction and Love 1
-Liking and positive evaluation of the other. Platonic or sexual
Bryne’s Law of Attraction= f ( Said that positive reinforcement drives
What is this reinforcement we seek?
· Attitude similiraity- drives interpersonal attraction because it is
Laboratory studies- Brynes Standard Stranger Technique using similar or
dissimilar bogues stranger and an interpersonal scale.
· Results showed that sexual attitude similarity Is important in opposite
sex heterosexual dyads.
Real Life Study- Couples sent on a coca cola date to the student center and
interpersonal, physical proximity and follow up were assed.
· Males- Interpersonal distance greater for dissimilar, but remembers
dates name and has dates since for similar.
· Females- Same as males.
Exception- For emotionally troubles people similar attitude is punishing and
will drive avoidance.
The value of physical attractiveness indicates youth and fertility. More
important in Males then Females. Proven by Buss
Study on This- Men want goodlooking, younger, steady job doesn’t matter,
earn less then them and have less education then them.
Woman don’t care much about looks but want older steady job and more
money and education.
Necessities versus luxuries
Mens necessities- Attractiveness and Intelligence Luxuries- Creativity,
Social, talents, income
Woman- Intelligence and Income Luxuries-
friendliness, personality (social)
Attractive Features for:
Men- Facial Feature and Waist to Hip ratio… WHY? Because it is linked to
youth, health and ability to conveive and sustain pregnancy. High estrogen levels in between menopause and puberty. O.70 is the hip ratio with the most
estrogen. Higher ratios more health problems.
Singh obtained measurements from miss America and playboy and found the
hip waist ratio to be about 0.7.
Facial Features- even colored skin, clear eyes shiny hair etc. Facial symmetry
is a signal of generic quality. Male and female facial also say something
about the hormones.
Facial symmetry- Asymmetry indicates mal development. Males rating for
long affected most by facial symmetry.
Males- Testosterone affects facial features Also larg