Interpersonal Attraction

Some of our research questions relevant to interpersonal attraction: What predicts interpersonal attraction? Do people really know what characteristics they desire in a romantic partner? How do dating innovations like speed-dating and online dating influence the romantic initiation process? In what ways (if any) do similarity and familiarity breed liking or contempt?

Finkel, E. J., & Eastwick, P. E. (2015). Interpersonal Attraction: In Search of a Theoretical Rosetta Stone. In J. A. Simpson & J. F. Dovidio (Eds.), APA Handbook of personality and social psychology, volume 3: Interpersonal relations (pp. 179-210)Washington: American Psychological Association. [Download]

Hunt, L. L., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2015). Leveling the playing field: Acquaintance length predicts reduced assortative mating on attractiveness. Psychological Science26, 1046-1053. [Download]

Eastwick, P. W., Luchies, L. B., Finkel, E. J., & Hunt, L. L. (2014). The many voices of Darwin's descendents: Reply to Schmitt (2014). Psychological Bulletin149, 673-681. [Download]

Eastwick, P. W., Luchies, L. B., Finkel, E. J., & Hunt, L. L. (2014). The predictive validity of ideal partner preferences: A review and meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin149, 623-665. [Download]

Eastwick, P. W., Neff, L. A., Finkel, E. J., Luchies, L. B., & Hunt, L. L. (2014). Is a meta-analysis a foundation or just another brick? Comment on Meltzer, McNulty, Jackson, and Karney (2014). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 429-434. [Download]

Eastwick, P. W., Wilkey, B. M., Finkel, E. J., Lambert, N. M., Fitzsimons, G. M., Brown, P. C., & Fincham, F. D. (2013). Act with authority: Romantic desire at the nexus of power possessed and power perceived. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology49, 267-271. [Download]

Tidwell, N. D., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2013). Perceived, not actual, similarity predicts initial attraction in a live romantic context: Evidence from the speed-dating paradigm. Personal Relationships20, 199-215. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Eastwick, P. W., Karney, B. R., Reis, H. T., & Sprecher, S. (2012). Online dating: A critical analysis from the perspective of psychological science. Psychology Science in the Public Interest13, 3-66. [Download]

Eastwick, P. W., Eagly, A. H., Finkel, E. J., & Johnson, S. E. (2011). Implicit and explicit preferences for physical attractiveness in a romantic partner: A double dissociation in predictive validity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology101, 993-1011. [Download]

Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., & Eagly, A. H. (2011). When and why do ideal partner preferences affect the processes of initiating and maintaining romantic relationships? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology11, 1012-1032. [Download]

Ireland, M. E., Slatcher, R. B., Eastwick, P. W., Scissors, L. E., Finkel, E. J., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2011). Language style matching predicts relationship initiation and stability. Psychological Science22, 39-44. [Download]

Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., Caprariello, P. A., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2011-a). Familiarity does indeed lead to attraction in live interaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 557-570. [Download

Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., Caprariello, P. A., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2011-b). In live interaction, does familiarity promote attraction or contempt?: A reply to Norton. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 575-578. [Download]

Eastwick, P. W., Saigal, S. D., & Finkel, E. J. (2010). Smooth Operating: A Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB) perspective on initial romantic encounters. Social Psychological and Personality Science. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., & Baumeister, R. F. (2010). Attraction and rejection. In R. F. Baumeister, and E. J. Finkel (Eds.), Advanced social psychology: The state of the science. New York: Oxford University Press. [Download]

Eastwick, P. W., Richeson, J. A., Son, D., & Finkel, E. J. (2009). Is love colorblind? Political orientation and interracial romantic desire. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin35, 1258-1268. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., & Eastwick, P. W. (2009). Arbitrary social norms and sex differences in romantic selectivity. Psychological Science20, 1290-1295. [Download]

Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2008a). The attachment system in fledgling relationships: An activation role for attachment anxiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology95, 628-647[Download]

Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2008b). Sex differences in mate preferences revisited: Do people know what they initially desire in a romantic partner? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology94, 245-264[Download

Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2008c). Speed-dating: A powerful and flexible paradigm for studying romantic relationship initiation. In S. Sprecher, A. Wenzel, & J. Harvey (Eds.), Handbook of relationship initiation (pp. 217-234). New York: Guilford. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., & Eastwick, P. W. (2008). Speed-dating. Current Directions in Psychological Science17, 193-197. [Download] 

Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., Mochon, D., & Ariely, D. (2007). Selective versus unselective romantic desire: Not all reciprocity is created equal. Psychological Science, 18, 317-319. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Eastwick, P. W., & Matthews, J. (2007). Speed-dating as an invaluable tool for studying romantic attraction: A methodological primer. Personal Relationships, 14, 149-166. [Download]