Event Title

Does Food Sharing and Portion Size, Make an Individual More Attractive?

Location

Lobby in front of Auditorium

Start Date

19-4-2019 11:00 AM

Department

Psychology

Description

Introduction. Stereotypically women who consume smaller portions of foods are viewed as more feminine (Chaiken & Pliner, 1987) men who consume bigger portions of food are considered to be more masculine (Timeo & Suitner, 2017). There is also a significant interaction between food sharing and gender of dyads. Previous research suggests that men are less likely to share or offer to share food than women are. Women are likely to share, feed, and offer food to another individual (Pruves, 2002). The present study will collect data from students using an online survey. Procedure. Students at a Midwestern University will be able to select this study via the university's online SONA system. The purpose of the study is to distinguish if portion size consumption will lead to differential evaluations of e level of attractiveness. It is hypothesized that both males and females will find a target individual more attractive when they share their food, or offer to share their food. The current study will conduct a 2 X 2 X 2 between- participants design to test the effects of both target gender (male or female), sharing (share or , not-sharing), and portion size (small or large) on physical attractiveness of the fictional character. After, they will be presented with one (of four) scenarios that differ as a function of condition. Finally, participants will respond to the Measures of Interpersonal Attraction Questionnaire. It is expected that men will be more attracted to women who consume smaller portions and women will be more attracted to men who consume bigger portions. For gender, it is assumed that female targets will be rated to be more physically attractive compared to the male targets, but there may be no gender differences in social attractiveness ratings. Regarding food sharing, it is predicted that the targets who share will be perceived to be more physical and socially attractive compared to targets who do not share. The research study will contribute to both the field of social psychology and psychology of food. Significance. Based on previous research it is assumed that people who share are more likely to seem more attractive to others. For gender, it is assumed that female targets will be rated to be more physically attractive compared to the male targets, but there may be no gender differences in social attractiveness ratings. Regarding food sharing, the results may show that targets who share will be perceived to be more physical and socially attractive compared to targets who do not share. When considering both independent variables, the effects of food sharing on attractiveness ratings may be different across both target genders.

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Apr 19th, 11:00 AM

Does Food Sharing and Portion Size, Make an Individual More Attractive?

Lobby in front of Auditorium

Introduction. Stereotypically women who consume smaller portions of foods are viewed as more feminine (Chaiken & Pliner, 1987) men who consume bigger portions of food are considered to be more masculine (Timeo & Suitner, 2017). There is also a significant interaction between food sharing and gender of dyads. Previous research suggests that men are less likely to share or offer to share food than women are. Women are likely to share, feed, and offer food to another individual (Pruves, 2002). The present study will collect data from students using an online survey. Procedure. Students at a Midwestern University will be able to select this study via the university's online SONA system. The purpose of the study is to distinguish if portion size consumption will lead to differential evaluations of e level of attractiveness. It is hypothesized that both males and females will find a target individual more attractive when they share their food, or offer to share their food. The current study will conduct a 2 X 2 X 2 between- participants design to test the effects of both target gender (male or female), sharing (share or , not-sharing), and portion size (small or large) on physical attractiveness of the fictional character. After, they will be presented with one (of four) scenarios that differ as a function of condition. Finally, participants will respond to the Measures of Interpersonal Attraction Questionnaire. It is expected that men will be more attracted to women who consume smaller portions and women will be more attracted to men who consume bigger portions. For gender, it is assumed that female targets will be rated to be more physically attractive compared to the male targets, but there may be no gender differences in social attractiveness ratings. Regarding food sharing, it is predicted that the targets who share will be perceived to be more physical and socially attractive compared to targets who do not share. The research study will contribute to both the field of social psychology and psychology of food. Significance. Based on previous research it is assumed that people who share are more likely to seem more attractive to others. For gender, it is assumed that female targets will be rated to be more physically attractive compared to the male targets, but there may be no gender differences in social attractiveness ratings. Regarding food sharing, the results may show that targets who share will be perceived to be more physical and socially attractive compared to targets who do not share. When considering both independent variables, the effects of food sharing on attractiveness ratings may be different across both target genders.