While doing this activity I was very confused, and I believe many other students were as well. In the first part looking at the pictures of furniture and then at the faces of people and grading their attractiveness caused me to have some mixed emotions. I was thrown off by the furniture because I could not figure out what it had to do with how attractive the people were if anything at all. Then I felt bad judging the appearances of people I didn’t know because the pictures of them were not very flattering. None of them were smiling or even looked remotely thrilled. This is probably what led to my low scoring of each of them. When we did the second part of the activity I was even more bothered, since we had to view so many disgusting images. After seeing the images I tried to give people similar score as I did the time before, but I am sure I scored them all lower because I was still stuck envisioning the images of disgust. This is my personal observation on this activity.
In the Disgust Study, we took a look at pictures of different objects then looked and rated the attractiveness of people on slides. For me, I did not find any of the people truly attractive. I feel like it was the fact my prescription for Adderall was just kicking in and that makes me a bit grumpy. Another reason is I am naturally a slow wake upper, meaning I am slow to wake up fully and process information in front of me. The pictures of furniture made my mood a little bit easier because I could think about going back to bed. When the images of the diseases came up, I was initially shocked and disgusted. My immediate thoughts were of my father, who is a doctor, and if he has to look and treat these deformation’s in his profession. The pictures immediately changed my mood and made the people look 10 times worse. Each person had no chance of being attractive in my mind. I had already seen them and not found that they are nice to look at and after the second slideshow, I had become very disgusted. The results of other people were most likely similar because it seems normal to look at a person differently after seeing gross things that were on a different person’s body.
During the first part of the disgust study we were exposed to neutral stimulus, such as furniture, then asked to rate several males and female of various races based on their attractiveness. We were then asked various questions regarding our mood at the present time. During the second part of the study we were exposed to negative stimulus, such as rashes, infections and pusing limbs .As before we were asked to rate the same individuals on their attractiveness and about our present mood. I thought this was a really interested concept. I kind of thought exposing people to negative stimulus then having them rate someone’s attractiveness would always result in a negative attractiveness. So, I thought it was really interesting when the men, I think, rated the individuals higher after the disgust exposure then the neutral exposure. Maybe because they have a stronger stomach or possibly some evolutionary need to experience something positive after something negative. I don’t really have anything to say about how my experience was, the test wasn’t too long and the pictures for the disgust portion of the study were more than adequate. I was wondering however, how peoples individual view of attractiveness as regarding to different races would play into this study?
The disgust study was an interesting experience. Until the end of the study, I really had no idea what the purpose of the study was. First, we were just looking at random furniture, and then we were rating people’s attractiveness. The gross medical condition pictures and the questions about stress level gave me a little hint, but I wasn’t sure what the theory behind the experiment was exactly. My answers probably weren’t very helpful to the study. Even though I can objectively tell if other people are attractive, the survey asked how attracted I was to the person in the picture. To me, those are two different questions. I scored all the women low because even though I could tell if they are considered attractive or not, I was not personally attracted to them. The men in the pictures happened to not really be my type, and so even though other people might be attracted to them, I wasn’t Also, the study might want to take relationship status into consideration, because people in relationship might be less attracted to other people if they are committed to their partner. Both days we participated in the experiment, my stress levels were pretty high due to schoolwork so rating people’s attractiveness was the last thing on my mind. For all of these reasons, I scored each person pretty low on both showings of the pictures.
I found the Disgust Study to be very interesting. I found it a lot harder to rate a person as “attractive” if I had just been disgusted. I also had a little bit of trouble with the rating system. The “0-3” system did not resonate with me. I did not know whether to rate an average person as “1” or as a “2”. “2” seemed a little high for average but “1” was a little low. I think it would have been more effective (for at least) if the study had been out of either “5” or “10”. That way I would have had more room to decide whether I found a subject “attractive” or slightly “above average” or “below average”. With such a small scale, there is no wiggle room for feelings. Also, I would have found it easier to rate subjects if the picture was clearer. I find a lot of physical attraction to have to do with skin complexion and hair. With such blurry pictures it is hard to tell if a subject possesses any of these qualities (good or bad). In conclusion, I loved the test. I thought it was brilliant and fun. Even though I have a few criticisms, I think, overall, it was done well.
After completing the disgust study, I found the activity to be very interesting. At first the class was shown pictures of furniture then was asked to rate of variety of faces on a scale from one to ten. A couple weeks later we were shown a variety of disgusting pictures then was asked to rate the same faces on a scale from one to ten. When rating the faces the second time, I did not think I was rating them any different from the first time. However, when started the class discussion I realized that I did rate certain faces higher after being exposed to the disgusting pictures. There were some faces that I rated the same both times. During the discussion it made sense why I did rate some faces higher the second time around. I think that when someone is exposed to a neutral photo (i.e. the furniture) he or she tends to be harsher when rating the face as attractive or not. However, when someone is exposed to a disgusting photo he or she will most likely rate the same face higher because the person seems more attractive after looking at that the disgusting photo. I found this conclusion to extremely accurate in my case. I also learned that females that were on their period during the time we rated the faces were very different from the females who weren’t on their period, which I found to be interesting and I would like to learn more about why that is.
Upon arriving to class one day we were told to watch the screen as pieces of furniture were displayed and changed periodically. After watching furniture for a minute we were shown pictures of a few different people and told to rate them on attractiveness. I figured that the furniture was shown to us to clear our minds, being an everyday item and not too exciting. When rating the faces I did not find too many people attractive and did not think my thoughts had been influenced by the furniture. A week or so later we were shown disgusting pictures in a slideshow. Knowing that we would be rating faces again, I thought that maybe we were being shown these gross things to make us believe that the people were more attractive than before, as if the normal images would be a relief. With this in mind, when rating the faces I gave quite a few faces a higher rating than the first time. I believe that my misconception influenced my ability to correctly rate the faces as I would normally. I also believe that we were not given a wide enough range of attractiveness. Perhaps if the subjects had not looked so unhappy with a dark background it would have been easier to rate them. The fact that we were only given a week in-between the studies was also an influence on our ability to think clearly. I was able to remember what I had rated each person the first time and it influenced my ratings when we were told to do it again.
For this activity we were asked to look at photographs of furniture without being told why. After looking at the furniture, we were shown photographs of several males and females of different races and asked to rate their attractiveness. A few classes later we were shown photographs of people with disgusting sores and diseases. Afterward, we were shown the same photographs of the people and asked to again rate their attractiveness. Previous studies have shown that women are supposed to find people more attractive after being disgusted by the photographs of the sores/diseases. I believe both males and females in the class rated the subjects higher in the second session with a few exceptions. I had a difficult time participating in this activity. Because the age of the subjects in the photographs was appropriate for the typical college student, they were all young enough to be my children! For this reason, I did not find any of them attractive. For the same reason, my results did not change after being thoroughly disgusted. I found the results of the class rankings to be very interesting even though I couldn’t tell if I fell into the norm or not.
For the disgust study we had in class, my answers did not change towards the people. Being disgusted or not, I felt the same way about the people’s attractiveness. I learned that for most people their feelings did change when they were disgusted. It was very interesting to find out the increased percentages on rating attractiveness that changed after people were disgusted. It makes sense that people found the pictures more attractive after viewing disturbing pictures. But I would like to know why I personally did not find the people more attractive after I watched the gruesome pictures. What factors, if any, did I manipulate? Doing this study makes me realize we have many factors that determine our daily decisions and we should recognize the factors that play into each situation we are faced with.
The disgust study was where the students individually observed pictures of various males and females posing with a neutral emotion. They were asked to rate how much more or how much less attractive each person was from the previous participant observed. I remember there were a couple of flaws that were not taken into account with the data when we went over the results in class, such as the diversity and different ethnicities that make up our classroom. I found it slightly odd that numerous male participants observed were rated more attractive than the one before by the males in our class rather than the opposite-sex. The females seemed to be less aggressive when deciding the increase or decrease in a subjects attractiveness especially dealing with same sex when compared to the males. I feel like this study should be repeated two times per month since females desire two types of males each month. I believe this will show a drastic change from the first and second study since females will be looking for a masculine male at one point and then desiring a softie and/or good provider on the other side of the month.