At First Sight: Persistent Relational Effects of Get-Acquainted Conversations

  title={At First Sight: Persistent Relational Effects of Get-Acquainted Conversations},
  author={Michael Sunnafrank and Artemio Ramirez},
  journal={Journal of Social and Personal Relationships},
  pages={361 - 379}
Previous research has demonstrated that relational partners make decisions within the first few weeks of a relationship that determine the long-term nature of the relationship. The study reported here extends that research, predicting that such decisions and influences are apparent after brief first encounters. Students in several sections of a skills-oriented communication course reported reactions to a randomly assigned classmate after a brief conversation on the first day of class and the… 

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