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Forming a romantic relationship

Reward/need satisfaction theory ­ Byrne and Clore

Attracted to people that we find satisfying or gratifying to be with (e.g attentive, supportive,
loving or good fun) ­ pleasant experiences
Stimuli in our lives rewarding or punishing: motivated to seek rewarding stimuli and avoid
punishing stimuli

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Evidence for importance of reward
Theory proposes that we like people due to direct reinforcement
Support ­ Griffit and Guay ­ participants evaluated on creative task by an experimenter, if
experimenter evaluated positively, participants were more likely to rate the experimenter higher if the
evaluation was positive

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