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How Love and Lust Change People’s Perception of Partners and Relationships

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Förster, Jens; Özelsel, Amina; Epstude, Kai

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Abstract Because love is related to thoughts in the distant future and sex triggers thoughts related to the present, based on construal level theory, we propose a link between love and a global processing style as well as a link between lust and a local processing style. These processing styles should further expand to partnership evaluations, partially explaining halo phenomena. In Study 1, college students and senior participants were primed by either imagining a walk with a person they were in love with, or a one-night stand. In Study 2, love and lust were primed subliminally. In all studies, love priming enhanced global, holistic processing and halos, whereas lust priming enhanced local, detail oriented processing and reduced halos. Moreover, in Study 1, temporal distance mediated the effects. Implications for research of moods on processing styles, partner perception, and the distinction between love and lust are discussed.
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords Love; lust; priming; halo; positivity bias; automatic effects; relationships; partner perception
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 237-246
Journal Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46 (2009) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2009.08.009
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)