The Matching Hypothesis Strikes Again

What happens when people "marry outside their looks" (that is, when you marry someone who is obviously much more attractive than you are)? There's an interesting and humorous article on page 86 of the May 7, 2007 issue of Time magazine that discusses just this. The title is "The Last Taboo". Or, as the author puts it, "Marrying a few degrees up or down the hotness scale." Recall that part of episode 4 ("On Birds Flocking and Opposites Attracting") is about what psychologists often refer to as the matching hypothesis - the observation that we all seem to have a sense of how attractive we are … [Read more...]

Episode #4: On Birds Flocking and Opposites Attracting: the data on Love

Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together or do Opposites Attract? That's the question we examine this week on the first video episode of The Psych Files. One of my favorite topics (I suppose many people's favorite topics) has to do with how romantic relationships begin and why some relationships flourish while others don't. I had one of my classes conduct a survey on the topic. This video has 3 parts: 1) background info on 3 attraction theories, 2) a quick overview of the survey my class and I created, and 3) a look at the results. I hope you find this video … [Read more...]