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One real world application for this study is for online dating sites - the server could match people on their percieved attractiveness
The Matching Hypothesis
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In the study an opportunity sample was used of the people found in the IT suite in the 6th form centre.
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Age - the participants are all between the ages of 16 and 18
Time of day - not all participants were asked at the same time of day, or on the same day
Many participants had already carried out the experiments of people of others classes; some of these experiments bearing similarities to our experiment
Privacy - the participants were all in the 6th form centre in the same room when we were asking them - conferring
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Right to withdraw
may be a relevant problem to the study as people may feel uncomfortable rating people on a scale of attractiveness, this is overcome by making sure they know they have the right to withdraw at any point in the study, even after the study has taken place they can withdraw their data
Protection from harm
is overcome by giving them a full debriefing to return them to their previous psychological state
is relevant because people may prefer to keep their preferences private; because of this we did not ask for names or other personal details and we only collected data that’s relevant to the study
- it may be hard to get fully informed consent because of deception
is relevant because knowing the true aim of the study may affect the answers given: we gave the participants a debriefing, and give them the right to withdraw their results after the study has taken place
Elaine Hatfield proposed the ‘matching hypothesis’ in 1966.
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Huston (1976) argued that the evidence for the matchinghypothesis didn’t come from matching but instead on the tendency ofpeople to avoid rejection hence choose someone similarly attractiveto themselves, to avoid being rejected by someone more attractivethan themselves. Huston attempted to prove this by showingparticipants photos of people who had already indicated that theywould accept the participant as a partner. The participant usuallychose the person rated as most attractive; however, the study hasvery flawed ecological validity as the relationship was certain,and in real life people wouldn’t be certain hence are still morelikely to choose someone of equal attractiveness to avoid possiblerejection.