Sandra D. Lackenbauer, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario; Lorne Campbell, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario; Harris Rubin, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario; Garth J. O. Fletcher, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury; Talia Troister, Department of Psychology, Queen's University.
The unique and combined benefits of accuracy and positive bias in relationships
Article first published online: 21 JUL 2010
Copyright © 2010 IARR
Volume 17, Issue 3, pages 475–493, September 2010
How to Cite
LACKENBAUER, S. D., CAMPBELL, L., RUBIN, H., FLETCHER, G. J. O. and TROISTER, T. (2010), The unique and combined benefits of accuracy and positive bias in relationships. Personal Relationships, 17: 475–493. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01282.x
We gratefully acknowledge the support of a Doctoral Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS) awarded to S.D.L., a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and a Premier's Research Excellence Award (PREA) awarded to L.C. to assist with data collection.
Mark Leary served as the guest editor for this manuscript.
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 21 JUL 2010
An experiment investigated the independent and combined effects of receiving feedback from romantic partners that varied in both accuracy (i.e., profile agreement) and positive bias, as compared with one's self-perceptions. Both members of 55 romantically involved couples were randomly assigned to receive either high or low levels of accurate or positively biased feedback ostensibly created from a comparison between their self-ratings and their partner's appraisals. After receiving this feedback, participants rated how positive and intimate they felt in their relationships. As expected, both accuracy and positive bias in partner feedback had independent positive effects. Importantly, positive bias and accuracy were found to operate additively; participants who received feedback that was simultaneously positively biased and accurate rated their relationships particularly positively.