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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In contrast, expecting that another person will get a strong versus weak shock did not influence attraction ratings. To test this hypothesis the researchers created aon separate videos to prime the subjects with a positive, negative, or neutral arousal. When fear becomes attraction After these men crossed the bridge, they were asked by an experimenter if they are willing to answer some questions.

Sixty six male participants were asked to watch one of the videos and then rate the female as in the first study. 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 ans the woman.

Retrieved from ” https: Thus, arousal due to fear of getting a strong shock was attributed to the attraction of a female person. Download ppt “The study of Dutton and Aron They found that if someone was eutton aroused without being aware of it, they would attribute their arousal to a recent thought in their memory. To test this new model, they ran two studies in which they manipulated the type of arousal the participants experienced and the salience awareness of the arousal.

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, today’s special Lexicon entry is about a theory on romantic love by Dutton and Aron Thus, the researchers concluded that males could misinterpret feelings of anxiety for physical attraction.

The participants then were observed to see if they appeared to be angry or euphoric and took a self-reported survey about their mood. This demonstrates another potential model that duutton explain the attraction-arousal component of the misattribution of arousal theory.


Suproxin was actually a shot of epinephrine or a placebo. Fear is not the only emotion that can be a result of misattribution of arousal.

Misattribution of arousal

arkn The tasks were to unscramble anagrams or to recall as many nonsense syllables as they could after seeing them briefly. The participants were then asked to view a video of a female confederate either manipulated to be attractive or unattractive. After conducting the study, the 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.

The reason physiological symptoms may be attributed to incorrect stimuli is because many stimuli have similar physiological symptoms such as wnd blood pressure or shortness of breath. For example, when actually experiencing physiological responses related to fearpeople mislabel those responses as romantic arousal.

The results suggested that self perception and attribution play a major role in emotional response. However, it is possible that only risk-seeking men crossed the wobbly bridge that is a tourist attraction. 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.

Share buttons are a little bit lower. Typically durton 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.

Paige Coulter-Kern Scott Samale. The researchers also found that aroused raters would dislike an unattractive confederate more than those without arousal.

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However, Dutton and Aron had to take into consideration that some factors of the men, such as the possibility of some men already being involved in a relationship or how an individual male interpreted the woman’s body gestures.


Misattribution of arousal can also influence how much confidence one feels before completing a task. 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. My presentations Profile Feedback Log out. Additionally, a study conducted by Allen, Kenrick, Linder and McCall in suggested an alternative explanation to the misattribution of arousal in terms of attraction-arousal as there are other types of arousal that can be misattributed.

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This page was last edited on 11 Mayat So if you get struck by cupid this Valentines Day, remember – it might just be anxiety. 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.

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. The participants then predicted how well they did on the tasks, and how well they believed everyone else did on the task. 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.

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