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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. , Vol. 30, No. 4, SOME EVIDENCE DONALD G. DUTTON2 AND ARTHUR P. ARON. University of. The suspension bridge experiment was conducted by Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron in , in order to demonstrate a process where people. Short talk about the famous psychological experiment of Douglas Dutton and Arthur Aron in which males passing a high anxiety inducing.

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Some evidence for heightened sexual attraction under conditions of high anxiety.

Conditions such as experiencing winds during their walk and the nervous feeling may have contributed to their fast-paced heartbeats and rapid breathing. Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates. Duton with social network: One of cutton initial studies looking into this phenomenon conducted by Schachter and Singer [1] was based on the idea that the experience of arousal could be ambiguous and therefore misattributed to an incorrect stimulus.

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Feedback Privacy Policy Feedback. We think you have liked this presentation. They could earn money for the tasks more money was earned for each anagram unscrambled or each syllable correctly recalled. Methods and Design by Goodwin In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, today’s special Lexicon entry is arron a theory on romantic love by Dutton and Aron The researchers also found that emotions in this study, arron and anger could be manipulated by providing a participant with a shot of epinephrine.

The participants then were observed to see if they appeared to be angry or euphoric and took a self-reported survey about their mood. In contrast, expecting that another person will get a strong versus weak shock did not influence attraction ratings. The researchers told participants that they would be exposed to a subliminal noise and were then asked if they could predict how well they would do on two tasks.


The two-factor theory of emotion by Schachter and Singer makes the following prediction: Thus, arousal due to fear of getting a strong shock was attributed to the attraction of a female person. The participants were told that they had to wait 20 min for the Suproxin to get into their bloodstreams. Dutton and Aron tested this assumption in the following experiment: However, Dutton and Aron had to take into consideration that some factors of the men, such as the possibility of some men already being involved in a relationship or how an individual male interpreted the woman’s body gestures.

The researchers then either told the participants the effects of the epinephrine, said nothing about any potential effects of the epinephrine, or told them they may feel some effects that had nothing to do with the epinephrine for example, the researchers told the participants they could experience a headache from the shot.

In the other condition, the woman had approached the men after they had crossed the bridge.

Dutton and Aron Suspension Bridge Experiment

A second experiment replicated this first experiment. These men may aand more prone to sexual adventures and therefore call more frequently than men who crossed the stable bridge. More males contacted the female experimenter when they had just walked down the suspension bridge, which was thought dugton be due to their misattribution of their arousal they believed that they were feeling sexual arousal at the sight of the female instead of feeling the leftover physiological arousal from the fear of walking across the suspension bridge.

When fear becomes attraction After these men crossed the bridge, they were asked by an experimenter if they are willing to answer some questions. In the first experiment, 54 male participants were placed under varying degrees of physical exertion, in order to create a state of arousal. A response-facilitation alternative to misattribution and negative-reinforcement models”.


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We need to belong or connect with others in enduring, close relationships. The researchers found that males on the suspension bridge who presumably felt more anxious and aroused were eight times as likely to call the female experimenter, compared to those on the sturdy bridge.

To make this website work, we log user data and share it with processors. In the laboratory experiment, Dutton and Aron saw similar results – those warned of strong electrical shock reported being more physically attracted to the female experimenter than those dutron anticipated mild shock.

The results suggested that self perception and attribution play a major role in emotional response. Duttpn page was last edited on 11 Mayat The Effect of Arousal on Attraction: This was interpreted by the researchers to mean that the men found the woman more attractive when they had more anxiety about crossing the bridge.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. July February January Typically people feel more confident before they are supposed to do a task, but the closer they get to having to perform that task, the less confident they feel, which could be due to the arousal from the expectation of the performance. Because Dutton and Aron saw potential alternative explanations for this result, they replicated the experiment in the laboratory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology”, 30, — Afterward, the men were given the attractive woman’s phone number in case they had any further questions.