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Lecture 10

PSY 3065 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Cognitive Bias, Physical Attractiveness

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PSY 3065

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Chapter 10 Interpersonal Attraction
Propinquity effect (proximity effect) the finding that the more we see and interact with people, the more likely they
are to become our friends
o Mere exposure effect the more exposure we have to a stimulus, the more apt we are to like it
o Newcomb study: college men became friends w/ those who had similar demographics, attitudes, values
o Similarity:
committed partner similar partner
flings choose dissimilar partner
*physical attractiveness plays an important role in liking
symmetry is preferred
hip to waist measurement men prefer < .7 in women
Halo effect a cognitive bias by which we assume an individual with one positive characteristic
also possesses other (even unrelated) positive characteristics
physical beauty affects attributions
how attractive people should act v not attractive
self-fulfilling prophecy: beautiful folk get great deal of social attention
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