Monday, October 22, 2007

Introduction- Attractiveness

This is hopefully my introduction- just to give an idea of where my blog will go.

Let me know if there is anything else that should be included.

Attractiveness and interpersonal attraction are defined as the allure, magnetism or liking between two or more people (Breckler, Olsen, & Wiggins, 2006). Interpersonal attraction utilises a multitude of social psychological theories and research. This blog will analyse why some people are considered attractive. It will discuss the concept of propinquity including proximity, the mere exposure effect and balance theory. Next this blog will analyse similarity and attraction including the attitude similarity effect and matching hypothesis. Reinforcement and attraction will also be highlighted, discussing the reinforcement-affect model, social exchange theory and equity theory. The concept of reciprocity will be addressed, analysing reciprocity theory and the gain loss hypothesis. Further, this blog will discuss the relationship between physical attractiveness and attraction including theories of facial features and bodily features. Attractiveness perception will be discussed in a cross cultural and trans-generational context. Finally, this blog will propose an ‘Integrational Model’ of attractiveness theorising that many interacting theories and research findings can provide a comprehensive explanation of why some people are considered attractive.


James Neill said...

I particularly like the sound of the interactive/integrative model. A concept map could also help to illustrate/convey this.

Kimberley said...

Hi Beck!
Where it says you will be discussing what makes people attractive, does that include discussing specific physical features which are considered attractive? I really like the sound of your second blog, I'll definately have a read of the final product! Good luck

James Neill said...

Interesting link re your poll and why 'curvy' might be more attractive.
Curvy-figured mothers have children with better cognitive abilities.

Kimberley said...

Hi Beck

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Yours is probably one of the better posts about beauty/attraction and would complement my blog quite well. If i were to include it i would probably have the word 'beauty' (or attraction ect..) as an actual link to your blog. I'll make sure to add your blog to my reference list aswell! If i do end up doing something like this i'll post another comment letting you know before i submit it so you can check it out!

Thanks again