Our group presented a poster at the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago, IL on the everyday life scenarios that make people feel loved and how people’s individual differences relate to their cognitive ability of knowing the consensus, their guessing bias, and willingness to guess.

Using cognitive psychometric modelling we found that:

  • There is agreement among people on what makes them feel loved.
  • People see loving signals in a wide variety of contexts and scenarios, including both romantic (“someone tells them I love you” and non-romantic settings (“their pets are happy to see them”).
  • Items with an underlying theme of “being controlling” is not seen as loving factors by the US population.
  • Male participants and participants who are not in a relationship seem to know less about which scenarios elicit love in most people.
  • Black or Asian individuals are more likely to respond True to the felt love items when they are unsure of the consensus response compared to other races.
  • People who are in a relationship are more willing to make a guess of True or False when they are unsure of the answer to an item rather than answering Don’t know.