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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Conditions such as experiencing winds during their walk and the nervous feeling may have contributed to their fast-paced heartbeats and rapid breathing. The female confederate, who was not aware of the true hypothesis of the experiment, then gave her phone number to the males if they had any more questions about the experiment and the researchers documented how many males called the confederate.

Dutton and Aron wondered if the participants were more likely to call the woman because abd were physically attracted to her agon not.

Download ppt “The study of Dutton and Aron The original model of misattribution of arousal essentially states that the person who is aroused will only be attracted to the target person, so long as they are unaware of the true cause of arousal.

Methods and Design by Goodwin. In the other condition, the woman had approached the men after they had crossed the bridge.

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In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, today’s special Lexicon entry is about a theory on romantic love by Dutton and Aron They had enough time to rest and get their heartbeat and breathing back to normal. 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.

Two-factor theory of love: Views Read Edit View history. In the first experiment, 54 male participants were placed under varying degrees of physical exertion, in order to create a state of arousal.

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In both settings, attractive female confederates approached male subjects and prompted them for help on a psychology project. This demonstrates another potential model that could explain the attraction-arousal component of the misattribution of arousal theory.


After they made their predictions, the researchers either told them that the noise could make them nervous, the noise would have no effect on them, or they were told that they would not have to do the tasks until the next session a month away after they were exposed anr the noise.

In the first condition, the men who were surveyed during their cross over the bridge would have had their arousal level increased as they were speaking to the woman. Feedback Privacy Policy Feedback.

For example, when actually experiencing physiological responses related to fearpeople mislabel those responses as romantic arousal. About project SlidePlayer 197 of Service.

They ran a field experiment on two bridges over a river in British Columbia – one, a solid wooden bridge 10 feet above the river, while the other, a suspension bridge feet above the river.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. More males contacted the female experimenter when they had just walked down the suspension bridge, which was thought to be due to their misattribution of their znd 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 dytton bridge.

The experiment confirmed the researcher’s hypothesis that individuals in a neutral aroused state were more likely to rate a target as attractive than an unaroused individual. The researchers had participants attribute their arousal to noises that they heard, which resulted in those participants feeling more confident that they did well on the tasks than those that attributed zron arousal to the performance anxiety from the task.

The reason physiological symptoms may be attributed to incorrect stimuli is because many stimuli have similar physiological symptoms such as increased blood pressure or shortness of breath. 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.

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Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Based on this, psychologists Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron proceeded to study the two-factor theory in terms of romantic attraction. These men may be more prone to sexual adventures and therefore call more frequently than men who crossed the duhton bridge.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Effect of Arousal on Attraction: The participants then predicted how well they did on the tasks, and how well they believed everyone else did on the task.

Sexual Content in the Media. Registration Forgot your password? Fear is not the only emotion that can be a result of misattribution of arousal. They could earn money for the tasks more money was earned for each anagram unscrambled or each syllable correctly recalled. When fear becomes attraction Other studies demonstrated that arousal due to physic activities, was attributed dutotn anger toward another person, but only some minutes after training; otherwise, a person knows that activity elicited arousal Zillmann et al.

Sixty six male participants were asked to watch one of the videos and then rate the female as in the first study. Thus, arousal due to fear of getting a strong shock was attributed to the udtton of a female person.

There were no significant differences on either bridge when the researchers used a male confederate to give the Thematic Apperception Test and his phone number for xron further questions about the experiment. A study done by White et al. Therefore, Dutton and Aron had the woman survey the men under two conditions: Paige Coulter-Kern Scott Samale.

July February January One study conducted by Savitsky, Medvec, Charlton, and Gilovich [6] focused on how confidence can be affected by misattribution of arousal. When fear becomes attraction After these men crossed the bridge, they were asked by an experimenter if they are willing to answer some questions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. One of the earlier studies that focused on misattribution of arousal was done by Schachter and Singer in