Evaluation of the Reward/Need satisfaction model

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Advantage: Hays
Stated that we find value in rewarding others and that we like relationships to be equal
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Advantage: Ethics
Research into relationship formation is very unlikely to elicit any significant ethical issues
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Advantage: May and Hamilton supporting classical conditioning
Female students listened to pleasant music, unpleasant music or no music while rating the appearence of photos of male strangers. Those who rated while listening to pleasant music rated strangers as better looking
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Disadvantage: Cultural differences
Non-western relationships are less focused on individual rewards
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Disadvantage: Gender differences
Women have been found to want to meet the needs of others more than men
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Disadvantage: Nurture
Ignores nature influence. e.g. evolution upon attraction
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Disadvantage: Reductionist
Relationship initiation broken down into stimulus and response
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Disadvantage: Deterministic
Association may be made outside their control, influencing who they like
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