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Title: Dating is a Joint Venture: The Vicarious Sunk Cost Effect in Romantic Relationships
Authors: Joel, Samantha
Advisor: MacDonald, Geoff
Impett, Emily
Department: Psychology
Keywords: romantic relationships
decision making
Issue Date: 8-Dec-2011
Abstract: The present pair of studies tested the hypothesis that romantic investments are reciprocal, such that the investments made by one romantic partner motivate continued investment from the other partner. In Study 1, participants were presented with a hypothetical scenario involving a failing relationship, in which romantic investment was experimentally manipulated. High investments made by a romantic partner predicted continued relationship perseverance. In Study 2, participants in romantic relationships were randomly assigned to recall their own investments,their current partner‘s investments, or skip directly to the dependent measures (control). Participants who recalled their partners‘ investments reported higher intentions to continue to invest in their relationships. This effect was mediated by higher feelings of gratitude toward the partner and by increased feelings of trust in the romantic partner. The role of gratitude in particular suggests prosocial emotions and processes are an important factor in relationship decision making.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30642
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