ERIC Number: EJ1032898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Too Much Matching: A Social Relations Model Enhancement of the Pairing Game
Eastwick, Paul W.; Buck, April A.
Teaching of Psychology, v41 n3 p246-250 Jul 2014
The Pairing Game is a popular classroom demonstration that illustrates how people select romantic partners who approximate their own desirability. However, this game produces matching correlations that greatly exceed the correlations that characterize actual romantic pairings, perhaps because the game does not incorporate the social relations model concept of the relationship effect. We conducted a straightforward variant of the Pairing Game that included relationship effects. As predicted, the matching correlation decreased in the modified versus the original version of the game, and the modified game also clarified difficult social relations model concepts for students. Actual romantic evaluations exhibit both consensus and idiosyncratic variability; this modification of the Pairing Game adds realism by representing both elements.
Descriptors: Social Desirability, Interpersonal Attraction, Undergraduate Students, Classroom Techniques, Educational Objectives, Games
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