The Matching Hypothesis

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What does the Matching Hypothesis say?
We actively seek individuals who are most like ourselves in terms of attractiveness because of the fear of rejection from a more attractive person
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Describe Murstein's study
* Phots of 197 couples * Either casually dating/married * Rated on attractiveness by 8 judges * Each person was photographed separately * The ratings from the judges supported the Matching Hypothesis
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What was the conclusion of Murstein's study?
There was a definite tendency for engaged/married couples to be rated similarly
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What did Brown argue?
Argued for the Matching Hypothesis, we have a learned sense of what is fitting and adjust our expectation of a partner in line with what we believe we have to offer others
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What did Goffman suggest?
People aspire to be in a relationship with a partner who is socially desirable and our aspiration is balanced against the perceived probability of attaining it
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What did Huston argue?
Evidence of the Matching Hypothesis didn't come from matching, but a tendency to avoid rejection by someone more attractive than us
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* Phots of 197 couples * Either casually dating/married * Rated on attractiveness by 8 judges * Each person was photographed separately * The ratings from the judges supported the Matching Hypothesis

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