Using a paper-and-pencil or online questionnaire, researchers can assess demographic, personality and attitude measures.
Researchers can readily customise the background information they collect depending on their research interests. Commercial speed-dating companies will try to recruit many individuals to attend each event, thus maximising revenue and, consequently, the total number of speed-dates.
However, there are several reasons why researchers might want to restrict event attendance, perhaps limiting participants to a dozen dates or so.
Typically, mutual yesses (‘matches’) are then given the ability to contact each other after the event to further explore any romantic possibilities.
At first glance, it might seem that individuals would only be able to learn shallow or trivial information about a potential romantic partner in just a few short minutes (e.g. However, this notion is contradicted by an avalanche of evidence demonstrating that individuals can make remarkably sophisticated social judgements based on ‘thin slices’ of social behaviour lasting five minutes or less (Ambady et al., 2000).
In speed-dating, romantically eligible individuals attend an event where they have a chance to meet all the attendees of the sex that they romantically prefer. Speed-dating as an invaluable tool for studying romantic attraction: A methodological primer.
Each date lasts just a few minutes, and the attendees use their quickly generated impressions to decide whether or not they would (‘yes’) or would not (‘no’) be interested in seeing each of their speed-dates again. Session Leaders: Manfred Peritsch (IMG Innovation-Management-Group Gmb H) Vera Enzi (Grünstatt Grau, EFB) Industry Speed Dating Programme 4.00 – 4.15 | Keynote introduction to markets, trends in green infrastructure (Manfred Peritsch) 4.15 – 4.20 | Introduction by moderators to the interactive part of the session 4.20 – 4.40 | 120-second industry pitches on the main stage Q&A session with a strong structure, question forms filled in by participants and pinned on the pinboard at the start.The industry partner picks some of the most interesting questions for the discussion, with on-line voting tool to answer any unanswered questions after the session / in Day 2.How terrific would it be if there existed a type of social gathering with just a bit more structure; something that romantically eligible individuals would want to attend, but that would also permit data collection and experimental control? About a decade ago, a rabbi in Los Angeles named Yaacov Deyo provided the answer: speed-dating. These questionnaires provide an invaluable source of data that go beyond the simple yes/no response and allow for data analysis using Kenny’s (1994; Kenny & La Voie, 1984) Social Relations Model (e.g. If resources are available, researchers might also wish to take photographs of participants or to audio- and video-record the speed-dates themselves.