For instance, might approaching — rather than being approached — in a dating situation make individuals less selective?Finkel & Eastwick (2009) set about to answer just that question with an experiment designed to test whether a potential partner’s “choosiness” was due in part to whether they were the ones doing the choosing or not.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).Following each "date" (which lasted four minutes), the participants reported their romantic desire for the partner and how self-confident they themselves felt.After each date, participants rated their romantic desire and romantic chemistry for that partner, as well as how much self-confidence they felt that had on that particular “date.” The researchers found that the speed daters who approached their partners relative to those who stayed sitting would experience a greater romantic desire and chemistry toward their partners, and were more likely to respond “Yes, I would see this person again” to their partners.In other words, the people who rotated from person to person were less selective than those sitting, regardless of which gender was doing the rotating.But before the speed-dating event, 39 of the participants had their brains imaged.
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We employ a Speed Dating experiment that allows us to directly observe individual decisions and thus infer whose preferences lead to racial segregation in romantic relationships.
Females exhibit stronger racial preferences than males.
Eastwick from Northwestern University, suggest that when it comes to mate selection men and women might not be as different as we think.
In this study, 350 undergraduates were recruited for speed-dating events.
They corralled 350 college students into 15 speed dating events for their study.