Date of Award
Master of Arts
The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of background similarity-dissimilarity on interpersonal attraction and on changing one's confidence in his own judgment. The hypotheses were as follows:
1. A stranger with a similar background to that of the S will be better liked (i.e., more attractive) than a dissimilar stranger.
2. Agreement by another person (regard less of whether he is similar or dissimilar in background) will in crease one's certainty of judgment about a particular issue.
3. Disagreement by another person (regardless of whether he is a similar or dissimilar otheii will decrease one' a certainty of jud gment about a particular issue.
4. Disagreement by a person similar in background will decrease one's certainty of judgment about a particular issue more than disagreement by a dissimilar other.
5. Agreement by a person similar in background will not change one's certainty of judgment about a particular issue more than agreement by a dissimilar other.
Levine, Lewis J., "Background similarity-dissimilarity, interpersonal attraction and change in confidence" (1967). Master's Theses. 278.