What did she say : role of attractiveness and competence of statements in memory for conversations
This study examined the role of physical attractivenss on verbal memory. A target confederate made up to be either attractive, average, or unattractive appeared in three stimulus tapes with two neutral confederates. An investigation of a general competence stereotype of the physically attractive was included by pre—rating all statements for high or low competence. In the main study, subjects viewed one of three tapes. Subjects completed a recognition questionnaire, which was made up of statements said and not said by the target confederate. Two other questionnaires, intended to investigate the role of possible moderator variables in conversational accuracy, were included. Consistent with the main hypothesis, recognition accuracy increased with the attractiveness level of the target. This linear trend was found for the said statements only. Processes that may account for this effect are discussed.