by: Morgan Beausoleil and Heather Davis

why are we attracted to some people but not others? (p. 635-638)


  • mere exposure effect (phenomenon that repeated exposure to novel stimuli increases liking them)
  • appearance is the first filter to get to know people
  • what one finds attractive over time
  • positive response to those like us
  • expressing friendship increases attractiveness
  • feelings of your own attractiveness effects how you'll date and how popular you feel

Social Perspective

  • beginning and developing friendships
  • cultural attractiveness like nose piercings in Pakistan
  • change over time period
  • more likely to interact with those who have wit, charm, politeness, and intelligence
  • positive response to those most like us