ERIC Number: ED143931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
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Redundancy of Behavioral Information in Dating.
Kaplan, Martin; Nagy, Geraldine F.
Women chose between male dates described by (1) a photograph and (2) behavioral descriptions which varied in desirability for dating and redundancy. The effect of physical unattractiveness outweighed that of attractiveness only when the described behavior was redundant. This implies that differential weighting of physical attractiveness (i.e., unattractive greater than attractive) occurs only when other information is weakly predictive of dating desirability. Additionally, subjects who were more selective of dates when provided only a photograph were not more bound by physical appearance when also provided with behavioral information. Instead, compared to less selective subjects, they attended more to behavioral attributes when the prospective date was unattractive. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, Illinois, May 5-7, 1977)