As researchers of romantic attraction, we think about all the single people meeting each other for the first time – chatting for a few moments, deciding whether or not they’d like to get to know each other better – and we are heartbroken not to be observing unobtrusively.
Every night, researchers who investigate relationships and person perception miss out on great opportunities. Interpersonal perception: A social relations analysis.
Later, the participants note down whom they would like to meet again.
If there is a match, the organizers help the people to get in touch.
But here is where it gets interesting: When the women rotated; they became less selective while the sitting men were pickier.
It turns out that, regardless of gender, the participants who rotated experienced greater romantic desire for and chemistry with their partners, compared to participants who sat throughout the event.
So the researchers decided to explore whether having males literally walking up to seated females was having a psychological effect.
One of his research programs examines how the qualities that people say are critically important to them in a romantic partner—their ideal partner preferences—direct romantic partner selection and retention. Following each "date" (which lasted four minutes), the participants reported their romantic desire for the partner and how self-confident they themselves felt.Following the event, the students indicated on a website whether they would or would not be interested in seeing each partner again.Speed dating is not just popular among those looking for romance.Psychologists have worked out that they can get swarms of student participants in mate-choice studies by offering speed-dating opportunities on university campuses in return for the right to analyse the dating behaviour during the events. Normally in speed dating, men walk around a room and visit a succession of seated women for mini dates just a few minutes long.When the men rotated, the results supported the long-held notion of men being less selective.This jives with previous research citing an evolutionary basis for women to be more selective of their mates (the reproductive costs for women are greater than for men).Video: Speed-dating and the social relations model. [Download Article] [OSF Data Files and Scripts]Finkel, E. In this study, 350 undergraduates were recruited for speed-dating events.In half of the events, the men rotated while the women sat and in the remaining events, it was the women who rotated (a procedure nearly unprecedented in professional heterosexual speed dating events)."We asked executives from a commercial speed-dating company why they always had men rotate.They told us it was because women tend to have purses and other things to carry and because 'it seems more chivalrous'," says Eastwick.We find some solace by reminding ourselves that parties and bars are not exactly perfect research environments.