Perceived , not actual , similarity predicts initial attraction in a live romantic context : Evidence from the speed-dating paradigm

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  title={Perceived , not actual , similarity predicts initial attraction in a live romantic context : Evidence from the speed-dating paradigm},
  author={Natasha D. Tidwell and Paul W. Eastwick and Eli J. Finkel},
  year={2012}
}
The “similarity-attraction” effect stands as one of the most well-known findings in social psychology. However, some research contends that perceived but not actual similarity influences attraction. The current study is the first to examine the effects of actual and perceived similarity simultaneously during a face-to-face initial romantic encounter. Participants attending a speed-dating event interacted with ∼12 members of the opposite sex for 4 min each. Actual and perceived similarity for… CONTINUE READING

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