Date of Award
John N. Bohannon III
Research has suggested that males are more aroused and upset when their partner commits sexual infidelity and women are more aroused and upset when their partner commits emotional infidelity (Schutzwhol, 2005); however, most studies used forced choice questions and relied on "what if' scenarios, seemingly limiting their application to real-world situations (Buunk, Angleitner, Oubaid, & Buss, 1996). Assessing memory for the discovery of a partner's actual infidelity provides empirical evidence to support these simulations. In the current study, participants (N= 149) were asked to recall the announcement that their partner committed infidelity. Males showed enhanced memory tor discovering sexual infidelity, whereas females showed enhanced memory for discovering emotional infidelity.
Fisher, Christine Therese, "Gender Dependent Flashbulb Memories of Sexual vs. Emotional Infidelity" (2013). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection. 207.