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

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Item Summary Hashi, Emi 2017-12-18T21:46:37Z 2017-12-18T21:46:37Z 2016-05
dc.description M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.description.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.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2016]
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Master of Arts (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Communicology
dc.subject thin slices
dc.subject initial interactions
dc.subject impression formation
dc.subject personality
dc.subject rapport
dc.subject friendship potential
dc.title Friendship at First Sight: Thin Slices in Observing Rapport and Friendship Potential in Initial Interactions
dc.type Thesis
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