Matching Hypothesis

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Matching Hypothesis (Murstein)
although we may desire the MOST physically attractive partner in theory, in reality we are unlikely to get them or keep them so we are attracted to those who closely MATCH our perceptions of our own level of physical attractiveness
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Walster 1966
Asked students to rate partners selected for them during the dance, there was a questionnaire before hand so students believed they had been paired on similar interests – but it was RANDOMLY allocated.most liking was expressed for the most attractive
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Walster and Walster 1969
ran a follow up to the Computer Dance, but instead allowed participants to meet beforehand in order to give them greater chance to interact and think about their ideal qualities in a partner. the finding was that partners that were similar
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reductionist
reducing complexity of love down to physical features. ignores cultural factors like arranged marriages, blind people, perception & personality)
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Determinist
claims we have no control over our behavior as we naturally chose someone of similar attractiveness.
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Ethical Issues
Informed consent, deception
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Sample Bias/ Unrealistic
Used American students - age specific and ethnocentric / snapshot of relationships, not a real account of the relationship. Lacks ecological validity
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Asked students to rate partners selected for them during the dance, there was a questionnaire before hand so students believed they had been paired on similar interests – but it was RANDOMLY allocated.most liking was expressed for the most attractive

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Walster 1966

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ran a follow up to the Computer Dance, but instead allowed participants to meet beforehand in order to give them greater chance to interact and think about their ideal qualities in a partner. the finding was that partners that were similar

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reducing complexity of love down to physical features. ignores cultural factors like arranged marriages, blind people, perception & personality)

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claims we have no control over our behavior as we naturally chose someone of similar attractiveness.

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