Physiological Arousal to Jealousy Inducing Facebook Messages
Griffiths, Jessica Nicole
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Previous literature has demonstrated that there are different types of infidelity, and that males and females respond differently to these types of infidelity. Buss et al (1992) found that males displayed more physiological arousal to sexual infidelity revealing scenarios, whilst females responded more to emotional infidelity revealing scenarios. This has been explained by an evolutionary perspective. Aim: This study aimed to apply the above findings to a contemporary setting, by using Facebook as opposed to forced choice scenarios. Method: A mixed design was employed, with a similar procedure to that of Buss et al (1992). Heterosexual females (n=24) and males (n=16) were recruited. There was a between subject independent variable of sex, within subject independent variable of infidelity type and a dependent variable of physiological arousal. A continuous rating scale was also given to participants to get a rating of distress levels. Results: Results did partially support the findings of Buss et al (1992), with one physiological measure being significant. However, other physiological measures reported no significant interactions. Conclusion: Findings were discussed with a comparison to previous literature. Implications and future research were also considered.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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