He is also interested in exploring how close relationships research can inform evolutionary psychological approaches (and vice versa), especially with respect to the way that relationships grow and develop over time (see a brief description of the Re CAST model here). Replicability and other features of a high-quality science: Toward a balanced and empirical approach.
Additionally, his work draws from anthropological data on the time course of human evolution to make novel psychological predictions.
One of his research programs examines how the qualities that people say are critically important to them in a romantic partner—their ideal partner preferences—direct romantic partner selection and retention.
This article highlights the strengths and promise of speed-dating procedures, reviews some of their most exciting contributions to our understanding of the social psyche, and illustrates how scholars can employ speed-dating and its straightforward variants to study topics relevant to diverse subfields of psychological science.
ABSTRACT: Recent research indicates that people consistently make others feel a certain way (e.g. This individual difference has been termed affective presence, but little is known about its correlates or consequences.
The present study investigated the following: (i) whether affective presence influences others' romantic interest in a person and (ii) what types of people have positive and negative affective presence.
Forty volunteers took part in a speed-dating event, during which they dated six or seven opposite-sex partners.
Video: Speed-dating and the social relations model.
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Associations between positive affective presence and trait predictors, including emotion regulation, emotional expressiveness, attachment style, agreeableness and extraversion, were also observed.
The findings indicate that what emotionally distinguishes one individual from another lies in part in the emotional consequences of their behaviours on others.
A Social Relations Model analysis confirmed that individuals prompted consistent positive emotional reactions in others.
Participants were more likely to want to see dates with greater positive affective presence again in the future, and positive affective presence explained the effects of perceived responsiveness on romantic interest.