Attraction at first fright? What Dutton & Aron really demonstrated almost 40 years ago

Katarzyna Szczucka


Almost ​four decades have passed since Dutton and Aron (1974) published their classic article in JPSP in which they present the results of three studies. According to interpretations of the results done by the authors, the suffi cient condition of obtaining the effect of increased sexual attraction toward the object (an attractive woman) – which must be present shortly after or while waiting to become an aversive stimulus – is the induction in the subjects of a strong autonomic arousal. This can be done via crossing a high suspended bridge or anticipating the receipt of strong electric shocks. However, the results of reanalysis do not allow such a conclusion. In the article the author presents the results of secondary analysis and lists methodological, theoretical and interpretative incoherences. Key words: effect of arousal on attraction; misattribution effect; Dutton and Aron; misinterpretations; errors
Author Katarzyna Szczucka (Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu)
Katarzyna Szczucka,,
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Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2012
Publication size in sheets0.5
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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