Individual Talks 7

  • 9:25 am To 10:55 am on July 21, 2019
  • Gallery Room 1 Bramber House

Latent relationships: Why people worry about talking to strangers, and how to counteract those fears

Every friend starts as a stranger, so why don’t people talk to each other more often? One answer: people worry. Across four samples (N=231), people endorsed various fears, but after actually interacting with a stranger, reported those fears were overblown. If these worries could be counteracted, would people be more willing to start conversations? We recruited people (N=208) in person, and asked them to approach a stranger and start a conversation. Providing people with tips on how to start conversations made people’s expectations more positive, but didn’t affect evaluations, which were positive regardless of whether or not people received tips.

Mindful love: The role of relationship mindfulness on relationship quality and willingness to sacrifice

Maintaining relationships over time can be difficult work, but certain factors, such as mindfulness and willingness to sacrifice, make it easier. We investigated the links between general and relationship-specific mindfulness, positive and negative relationship quality perceptions, and willingness to sacrifice. Individuals who were more mindful within their romantic relationships (but not more mindful in general) reported greater positive relationship perceptions and lower negative relationship perceptions, which in turn were linked to greater willingness to make sacrifices for the sake of their relationship. These findings illuminate a potentially important distinction between general mindfulness and relationship-specific mindfulness in predicting relationship maintenance.

What’s Happening While You Sleep? Relationship Quality and Nocturnal Blood Pressure Dipping

Spousal and own ambivalent marital behavior is associated with increased 24-hour blood pressure. Systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure display circadian rhythms in which blood pressure decreases during sleep relative to waking hours (i.e., nocturnal blood pressure dipping; ND). “Non-dipping” (i.e., <10%) has been associated with increased risk for CVD for both normotensive, and hypertensive individuals. ND is often examined in middle-aged couples, but ambivalence may develop earlier. We examined ND in 84 couples married 7 years or less. Spousal and own ambivalent behavior was associated with less SBP and DBP dipping, indicating possible increased risk for future CVD

Why Settle When There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea? How Perceived Partner Alternatives Affect Commitment in Online Dating

Online dating provides access to a seemingly endless supply of available partners. But could this be discouraging commitment to any one of them? We use the investment model to examine the antecedents of commitment in online dating and the decision to delete one’s profile after meeting offline. Participants (N = 311) were surveyed about someone they were currently communicating with on a dating app or website. Results revealed significant associations between online dating intensity, commitment, and the intent to delete. Moreover, the investment model constructs mediated the association between intensity and commitment, but only intensity and investments predicted profile deletion.