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Sensation Seeking as a Determinant of Interpersonal Attraction Toward Similar and Dissimilar Others

Billy Thornton, Richard M. Ryckman and Joel A. Gold
The Journal of Mind and Behavior
Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 1981), pp. 85-91
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43852842
Page Count: 7
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Sensation Seeking as a Determinant of Interpersonal Attraction Toward Similar and Dissimilar Others
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Abstract

While greater attraction is generally expressed toward individuals with similar rather than dissimilar beliefs, there are circumstances under which people are more attracted to dissimilar others. The present research was conducted to determine whether individual differences in sensation seeking would differentially influence judgments of attraction toward similar and dissimilar others within a social interaction context. It was predicted, and found, that high sensation seekers were more attracted to dissimilar others than were low sensation seekers, who instead showed greater relative attraction toward similar others. Further, high sensation seekers more frequently preferred discussing mutually disagreed upon topics with a prospective partner, whereas low sensation seekers preferred mutually agreed upon topics.

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