Kira Leck's research while affiliated with University of Pittsburgh and other places

Publications (4)

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Researchers have associated minimal dating with numerous factors. The present author tested shyness, introversion, physical attractiveness, performance evaluation, anxiety, social skill, social self-esteem, and loneliness to determine the nature of their relationships with 2 measures of self-reported minimal dating in a sample of 175 college studen...
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This study examined the world of Internet dating. It explored the motivations of daters, their styles of courtship, and how they negotiated problems of trust and deception. The authors employed in-depth interviews and participant observation with men and women who met online. Internet daters sought companionship, comfort after a life crisis, contro...
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Previously, psychology instructors have used popular music to illustrate psychological concepts in the classroom. In this study, students enrolled in a personality theories class heard 13 popular songs that demonstrated various concepts. Students then selected and analyzed their own songs that contained elements of personality theories. Test grades...
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This research examines the social construction of animals by a rural Allegheny culture using a linguistic approach based on estimating the set of attributes associated with the words they used to describe animals. We asked 268 respondents to free-associate with the nouns, chicken and deer when seen in a context of other words related to nature. Th...

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... Another advantage of the Web is that people who have specific interests or exhibit socially undesirable characteristics can more easily find a partner to interact with online. Online venues open up a wide audience of possible partners (Finkel et al., 2012) over which much information is given (Heino et al., 2010;Lawson & Leck, 2006), so giving a sense of better control over marriage choices (Barraket & Henry-Waring, 2008). ...
... Psychological theories at times can be complex and abstract to comprehend their value for practical use, especially for those with minimal background knowledge of psychology. For personality theories, Leck (2006) students reported that "personality theories seem complex, incomprehensible, and lacking a basis in real-world experience" (p. 34). ...
... Since dating is the most common route to consensual sex, a possible link may exist between low-frequency daters and reluctant virginity (DiMauro, 2008). Studies have reported that infrequent daters in college exhibit comparable characteristics to reluctant college virgins, namely shyness, negative body image, and poor social skills (Leck, 2006;Prisbell, 1986). Similarly, lower-frequency daters tend to perceive themselves as more socially anxious and avoidant, and are rated by their peers as being less skilled and comfortable (Phibbs, 1979). ...
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