The effect of physical attractiveness comparison on choice of partners

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The roles of several presumed factors in the choice of partners during a first group encounter were examined, when the only available information was a ranking of group members' physical attractiveness. After they had received bogus feedback about their own attractiveness rank in a newly formed group, 99 Japanese students were asked to choose a partner for a task. The results indicated that feedback about one's own attractiveness was the primary factor that determined choice of others and that susceptibility to this type of feedback was characterized by a notable gender difference. These findings suggest that when the only information available about others concerns their physical appearance, the choice of partner or competitor, even for appearance-irrelevant tasks, is partially dependent on others' rankings of one's own physical attractiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-165
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1995
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I thank Toshiki Ogawa, Mariko Yamamoto,I an Penna, Roberto Cabeza, andseveral anony- mous reviewers for their critique of earlier drafis, and Yuji Sasaki. Nobuo Ohta, Takashi Okauchi, Kazuo Yamada, Nobuo Kogayu, and Hiroko Sasaki for their contributions to the empirical aspects of this study. This work was supported by a grantfrom the Japanese Ministry of Education.

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  • Social Psychology


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