This is a study of interpersonal closeness, and your task, which we think will be quite enjoyable, is simply to get close to your partner. We believe that the best way for you to get close to your partner is for you to share with them and for them to share with you. Of course, when we advise you about getting close to your partner, we are giving advice regarding your behavior in this demonstration only. We are not advising you about your behavior outside of this demonstration.

In order to help you get close we've arranged for the two of you to engage in a kind of sharing game. It will take roughly an hour to complete.


There are three sets in total. Each set contains twelve questions or tasks. As soon as both of you finish reading these insturctions, you should begin with the first question in the first set. One of you should read aloud the first question and then BOTH should do what it asks, starting with the person who read the question aloud. When you are both done, move on to the second question—one of you reading it aloud and both doing what is asks. And so forth.

As you go through the slips, one at a time, please don't skip any questions—do each in order. If it asks you a question, share your answer with your partner. Then let them share their answer to the same question with you. If it is a task, do it first, then let your partner do it. Alternate who reads aloud (and thus goes first) with each new question.


Take plenty of time with each slip, doing what it asks thoroughly and thoughfully. Your progress can be viewed by clicking on the "Questions" link at the top of the page.

You may begin! Click the "Start" button and head to Set 1, Question 1.


*Aron, A., Melinat, E., Aron, E. N., Vallone, R. D., & Bator, R. J. (1997). The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23(4), 363-377.