Essay about Attraction and Liking

1762 Words Feb 14th, 2013 8 Pages
Assessing Familiarity and Attraction
Kayla Irwin and Daisy Antoniuk
PS 250
Alex Sanderson-MacIntyre
February 28, 2013

“Familiarity Does Indeed Promote Attraction in Live Interaction,” by Reis et al., explores the issue of whether familiarity breeds attraction within individuals in live interaction. The study’s purpose was to explore if familiarity did in fact promote liking in live interaction. This study was exploratory, as it sought to find, through two experiments, whether or not attraction increased with the amount of familiarity the participants had with one another.
Prior literature reviewed was “Less is more: The lure of ambiguity, or why familiarity breeds contempt,” by Norton et al., (2007). This review explores why
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The dependent variable was the flexible length of time the dyad talked, and they could also contact each other again after the experiment was finished.
Instruments used for the first study were preplanned conversation questions from the Relationship Closeness Induction Task, for example, “what are your hobbies?” This task is considered reliable and viable, as it is used for other experiments of this nature. However, more intimate questions maybe could have measured validity more accurately, due to the fact that more meaningful conversations increase or decrease attraction to individuals in live attraction. The instruments used for the second study were the online chat room and the partner chosen from the sample. Having face-to-face contact influenced the findings. Both studies examined knowledge-related variables and had same-sex pairings. We believe that opposite sex pairings could have established even greater validity for the hypothesis.
A sample of university students in a psychology course was used for Reis’ experiments. This may not have been completely representative of the population because these students already knew a few things they had in common before they started their conversation experiments. This alone jumpstarts the familiarity process even though they knew nothing else about their partner. This may have not be valid for other populations.
The participation rate for Reis’ et al., (2011) experiment was reported among dyads. For example,

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