The Effects of Competition and Physical Arousal on Attraction between Game Dyads
Medeiros, Kristen N.
competition , physical arousal , arousal , attraction , game dyads , dyads
Research shows physical arousal can be misattributed to attraction for a partner, whereas research on the effects of competition is mixed. This study investigated the effects of competition and arousal on attraction. Participants were 78 students from a northeastern public university between the ages of 18 and 50. Students were paired and participated in 1 of 4 games together, creating an overall 2 (high vs. low arousal) X 2 (competitive vs. noncompetitive) between-subjects design. A between-subjects factorial revealed no significant main effects or interaction. Some factors did significantly impact attraction, different types of attraction, and perceived fun and competition. Further research could have implications for relationships in companion exercise programs and partner activities.