Stanford researchers analyze the encounters of men and women during four-minute speed dates to find out what makes couples feel connected. Stanford researchers studying how meaningful bonds are formed analyzed the conversations of heterosexual couples during speed dating encounters. Successful dates, the paper notes, were associated with women being the focal point and engaged in the conversation, and men demonstrating alignment with and understanding of the women. That's the question at the heart of new research by Stanford scholars Dan McFarland and Dan Jurafsky that looks at how meaningful bonds are formed. McFarland, a sociologist at Stanford's Graduate School of Education , and Jurafsky, a computational linguist, analyzed the conversations of heterosexual couples during speed dating encounters to find out why some people felt a sense of connection after the meeting and others didn't. McFarland said much of the literature on social bonding points to characteristics — traits, status, attributes, motivation, experiences — as reasons why people connect.
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