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Attraction

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY-0013
Professor
Sam Sommers
Semester
Spring

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Attraction 04/10/2014 Need for Affiliation We are motivated to establish and maintain relationships External threat, stress increase need for affiliation Determinants of Attraction Proximity Dorm/apartment studies (Westgate) Propinquity effect: the more we cross paths with people the more likely we are to have relationship  with them Familiarity Mere exposure effect: the more exposure we have to a stimulus, the more we typically like it  Moreland & Beach (1992)  Confederate sits in large lecture hall either 0, 5, 10, 15 times over semester  The more times an individual sits in that class (even if you don’t consciously recognize that person, interact  with them, etc.), you find that person more attractive Reciprocity Knowing the other person is attracted to you Reactance Not allowed to date person “Footsie” study One condition allowed to touch feet under table, other condition not allowed  Couples who are not allowed and making secret contact rated higher attraction Similarity Backgrounds Attitudes More important factor in long­term relationships  Appearance Matching hypothesis Expect similar attractiveness
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