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- Provide examples of mere exposure.
- Take a look at examples of similarity in attraction.
- Describe the physical traits that are generally considered attractive.
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the halo effect.
- Examine Sternberg's triangular theory of love.
- Provide examples of predictions made by the attachment theory of love.
- Explore sex differences related to the evolutionary theory of love.
- Describe strategies for ending relationships.
1. Mere Exposure and the Propinquity Effect: Theory & Examples
Close relationships are a huge topic of study for social psychologists. How do we meet the people who become our friends and lovers? Why do we like certain people more than others? In this lesson, we focus on that last question. We discuss the mere exposure effect and the propinquity effect and how both impact our liking and affection for other people.
2. Similarity, Reciprocal Liking and Ingratiation: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we continue examining the question of why we like - and are attracted to - certain individuals more than others. We define and discuss the concepts of similarity, reciprocal liking, and ingratiation, and how they affect our attraction to others.
3. Physical Traits and Attraction: Symmetry, Ratios & the ''Babyface'' Phenomenon
Physical traits are more important to attraction than many of us would care to admit. In this lesson, we discuss cross-cultural similarities in traits considered physically attractive, including symmetry, waist-to-hip and waist-to-shoulder ratios, and the 'baby face' phenomenon.
4. The Halo Effect: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages
Multiple studies have shown just how much attractiveness matters in our society, even when it shouldn't. In this lesson, we define and discuss the halo effect and how a person's looks can affect our assumptions about that person.
5. Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions
Love is an important and complex topic of study for social psychologists. In this lesson, we begin our discussion about love with Robert Sternberg's triangular theory of love. We define each of his eight types of love and identify real-world examples.
6. The Equity Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions
Sometimes, love isn't enough to sustain a relationship. In this lesson, we discuss the importance of equality in a relationship by defining equity theory. We go through the theory's proposals and how it predicts when we are most likely to stay in certain relationships.
7. Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions
In this lesson, we define and discuss social exchange theory and what it predicts about romantic relationships. We also define and discuss the theory's three components: cost-benefit analysis, comparison level, and comparison level of alternatives.
8. The Attachment Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions
We discuss the attachment theory of love in this lesson, and distinguish between the three types of attachment styles. We also examine a classic study and how it predicts adult relationships based on attachment style.
9. The Evolutionary Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions
In this lesson, we define and discuss evolutionary psychology's theory of love. We also examine the theory's predictions when it comes to differences between a male and female's motivation behind attraction, promiscuity, and jealousy.
10. Ending Relationships, Disengagement Strategies & the Detachment Process
Unfortunately, the fact that romantic relationships end is just a part of life. In this lesson, we discuss some of the most common disengagement strategies that social psychologists have identified. We also discuss the detachment process that we all experience as part of a break-up.
11. Emotional Attachment Disorder
This lesson discusses symptoms of emotional attachment conditions, including avoidant and anxious-resistant attachment patterns. Learn about the types of behaviors that may arise in children and adults with unhealthy emotional development.
12. Frustration Attraction: Meaning & Hypothesis
Why do we try so hard to gain the affection of people who just aren't that into us? In this lesson we'll talk about frustration attraction, which suggests we are more attracted to people who leave us. We'll talk about why psychologists believe this happens.
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