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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A study done by White et al. 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 any further questions about the experiment.

To use this website, you must agree to our Privacy Policyincluding cookie policy. 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.

This was interpreted by the researchers to mean that the men found the woman more duttno when they had more anxiety about crossing the bridge. The two-factor theory of love is derived from a broader two-factor theory of emotion, proposed by Stanley Schachter and Jerome Singer in The Power of the Situation.

So if you get struck by cupid this Valentines Day, remember – it aroon just be anxiety. As the men finished the survey, the woman explained she would be available to answer any questions regarding her project, giving her phone number and name to the male subjects. Thus, arousal due to fear of getting a strong shock was attributed to the attraction of a female person.

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 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.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Dutton and Aron My presentations Profile Feedback Log out. Methods and Design by Goodwin. Conditions such as experiencing winds during their walk and the nervous feeling may have contributed to their fast-paced heartbeats and rapid breathing. aroj


If you wish to download it, please recommend it to your friends in any social system. For example, when actually experiencing physiological responses related to fearpeople mislabel those responses as romantic arousal.

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.

More males contacted the female experimenter when they had just walked down the suspension bridge, which was thought vutton 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.

Misattribution of arousal can also influence how much confidence one feels before completing a task. July February January Two-factor theory of love: Some evidence for heightened sexual attraction andd conditions of high anxiety. An example of the possible effects of misattribution of arousal is perceiving a potential partner as more attractive because of a heightened state of physiological stress.

Misattribution of arousal – Wikipedia

Sexual Content in the Media. 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 who anticipated mild shock.

The results suggested that self perception and attribution play a major role in emotional response. To test this hypothesis the researchers created three separate videos dufton prime the anf with a positive, negative, or neutral arousal. The confederate played basketball with pieces of balled up scrap paper while in the euphoric state or had to take a questionnaire and became very angry with the personal questions in the anger state.

In contrast, expecting that another person will get a strong versus afon shock did not influence attraction ratings. The Effect of Arousal on Attraction: Emotions and Mood Emotions, often called xutton, include experiences such as love, hate, anger, trust, joy, panic, fear, dutgon grief.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The video was a self-disclosure statement where the female discussed hobbies and other typically dating related material. This page was last edited on 11 Mayat Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron ‘s [3] study to test the causation of misattribution of arousal incorporated an attractive confederate female to wait at the end of a bridge that was either a suspension bridge that would induce fear or a sturdy bridge that would not induce fear.


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 to the noise.

Misattribution of arousal

The participants then were observed to see if they appeared to be angry or euphoric and took a self-reported survey about their mood. Because Dutton and Aron saw potential alternative explanations for this result, they replicated the experiment in the laboratory. The participants were told that they had to wait 20 min for the Suproxin to get into their bloodstreams.

Misattribution of arousal, which is an influence on emotion processing, can be found in multiple situations, such as romantic situations and physiological responses from exercise. They could earn money for the tasks more money was earned for each anagram unscrambled or each syllable correctly recalled. 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.

This time, they manipulated arousal levels by leading participants to believe they were either going to receive a strong electrical shock or a mild one. To make this website work, we log user data and share it with processors. The two-factor theory of emotion by Schachter and Singer makes the following prediction: Based on the meaning maintenance model Heine et al.

In both settings, attractive female confederates approached male subjects and prompted them for help on a psychology project. Suproxin was actually a shot of epinephrine or a placebo.