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Friendship at First Sight: Thin Slices in Observing Rapport and Friendship Potential in Initial Interactions

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Title:Friendship at First Sight: Thin Slices in Observing Rapport and Friendship Potential in Initial Interactions
Authors:Hashi, Emi
Keywords:thin slices
initial interactions
impression formation
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Date Issued:May 2016
Publisher:[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2016]
Abstract:The purpose of the current study is to investigate the speed and accuracy of impressions in initial interactions. Researchers have demonstrated that observers can form accurate impressions of a variety of phenomena (e.g., personality traits) using thin slices of behavior. However, some relational phenomena, such as rapport and friendship potential, may not be available at the onset of an initial interaction and may, instead, take time to develop throughout the interaction. In the present study, observers formed impressions of interactions from 30 or 60 seconds of observation, which were taken from either the beginning or ending location in the interaction. Inaccuracy of observers’ impressions was measured as a difference between interactants’ self-reported extraversion, rapport, and friendship potential, and observers’ impressions based on video clips of the interactions. It was predicted that observers’ inaccuracy of rapport and friendship potential would decrease with extended observation lengths, or when observations were made at the end of the interactions; however, the predictions were not supported. There was mixed support for differences in phenomena, in that observers were more inaccurate in their impressions of rapport and friendship potential than extraversion in some interactants, yet they were more inaccurate in their impressions of extraversion than rapport and friendship potential in other interactants. Overall, there is very limited support that observers’ accuracy depends on the stable or developmental nature of the phenomena.
Description:M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.
Includes bibliographical references.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Communicology

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