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In 7 experiments, the causal effects of the availability of an attractive alternative (AA) relationship partner on current relationship thoughts and intentions were tested using confederates, mental simulations, and virtual reality. Men behaved consistent with traditional relationship-commitment theories, showing decreased willingness to tolerate their partner's transgressions after the availability of an AA was made salient. However, consistent with a motivated cognition approach to commitmentdoi:10.1037/0022-35184.108.40.206 pmid:18605851 fatcat:uvarcy3i4vgidf64xtaf4u4qdy