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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The participants were told that they had to wait 20 min for the Suproxin to get into their bloodstreams. 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.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology”, 30, — 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.

For example, when actually experiencing physiological responses related to fearpeople mislabel those responses as romantic arousal.

Dutton and Aron Suspension Bridge Experiment

However, it is possible that only risk-seeking men crossed the wobbly bridge that is a tourist attraction. Sixty ahd male participants were asked to watch one of the videos and then rate the female as in the first study. Methods and Design by Goodwin In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, today’s special Lexicon entry is about a theory on romantic love by Dutton and Aron aronn We need to belong or connect with others in enduring, close relationships.

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These men may be more prone to sexual adventures and 19744 call more frequently than men who crossed the stable bridge. The experimenter was female for half of the participants and male for the others. Emotions and Mood Emotions, often called feelings, include experiences such as love, hate, anger, trust, joy, panic, fear, and grief.


The results suggested that self perception and attribution play a major role in emotional response. Auth with social network: 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.

After the males crossed the bridge, they were stopped by a female confederate and took a Thematic Apperception Test wherein they had to compose a short story based on an ambiguous image; the image chosen was purposefully duttom sexual at all. July February January If you wish to download it, please recommend it to your friends in any social system. My presentations Profile Feedback Log out. Share buttons are a little bit lower.

The researchers told participants that they would be exposed to a subliminal noise and were then asked if they could zron how well they would do arom two tasks.

They had enough time to rest and get their heartbeat and breathing back to normal. To test this hypothesis the researchers created three separate videos to prime the subjects with a positive, negative, or neutral arousal. The researchers also found that aroused raters would dislike an unattractive confederate more than those without arousal.

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, today’s special Lexicon entry is about a theory on romantic love by Dutton and Aron Fear is not the only emotion that can be a result of misattribution of arousal.

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. Dutton and Aron The researchers also found that emotions in this study, euphoria and anger could be manipulated by providing a participant with a shot of epinephrine.

One study conducted by Savitsky, Medvec, Charlton, and Gilovich [6] focused on how confidence can be affected by misattribution of arousal. The tasks were to unscramble anagrams or to recall as many nonsense syllables as they could after seeing them briefly.


After conducting the study, duhton researchers found that regardless of whether the person was aware of the true cause of arousal, they were still more attracted to the target person than those in the control condition.

Misattribution of arousal

Based on this, psychologists Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron proceeded to study dytton two-factor theory in terms of aaron attraction. 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 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.

A response-facilitation alternative to misattribution and negative-reinforcement models”. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Epinephrine activated the sympathetic nervous system and produced systems such as an elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Dutton and Aron wondered if the participants were more likely to call the woman because they were an attracted to her or not. Download ppt “The study of Dutton and Aron Paige Coulter-Kern Scott Samale.

In the first experiment, 54 male participants were placed under varying degrees of physical exertion, in order to create a state of arousal. The study found that regardless of the stimuli’s polarity, the participants in the aroused state found the attractive confederate more attractive and the unattractive confederate as less attractive than the unaroused participants.

Thus, the researchers concluded that males could misinterpret feelings of anxiety for physical attraction. The participants were then asked to view a video of a female confederate either manipulated to be attractive or unattractive.