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Chivalry, though at times considered to be dead, is still a current ongoing phenomenon that influences human behavior. For this reason we conducted an observational qualitative study based on a previous study involving this topic (Ventmigilia 1982). We looked at the different reactions of females to males opening doors for them –responses ranging from, a verbal thank you, smile, or nod, to oblivious. We also took into account whether it was a group verses individuals walking through the doors. We paired observers in different locations and performing Pearson correlations to determine reliability established interrater reliablility. Afterwards, observers were spread across various locations in a college campus to collect data. A chai square test found significance in group verse individual responses according to attractiveness (.004, X^2=15.530). Overall, people in groups were more prone to smile or to ignore, and not say “thank you” than were people walking individually. Those rated high in attractiveness smiled more and said “thank you” more, but were also more likely to be oblivious compared to those ranked low in attractiveness. Thus, our hypothesis of there being differences between groups and individuals and differences in attraction appeared to be supported.


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  • Event location
    • Open 3rd Floor

  • Event date
    • 4 April 2013

  • Date submitted

    18 July 2022

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