Judging a book by its cover: Jealousy after subliminal priming with attractive and unattractive faces

Karlijn Massar*, Abraham P. Buunk

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Abstract

The present paper focuses on the effect a rival's facial attractiveness has on female jealousy. A parafoveal subliminal priming paradigm was employed to expose participants to rivals outside their conscious awareness. Female participants were exposed to either an attractive woman or an unattractive woman for 60 ms. They subsequently read a jealousy-evoking scenario which introduced a rival, but a description of her appearance was withheld. Our results suggest that participants have unconsciously linked the subliminally presented photograph to the rival. Women exposed to the attractive woman reported significantly more jealousy than women exposed to the unattractive rival. Moreover, they reported feeling significantly more worried, hurt, angry, and sad. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-638
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2010

Keywords

  • Jealousy
  • Rivals
  • Subliminal priming
  • Facial attractiveness
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • RIVAL CHARACTERISTICS
  • FACIAL ATTRACTIVENESS
  • SEX-DIFFERENCES
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • PREFERENCES
  • EXPOSURE

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