Category Archives: Research Spotlight

{FD} Can Using Hormonal Birth Control Affect the Health of Future Children?

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When choosing a partner to have children with, it is only natural to desire “Prince Charming” or “Cinderella,” who may pass on their beneficial genetic qualities to future kids. Given that better genes increase the offspring’s… Continue reading

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{FD} Can Random Numbers Affect Our Relationship Judgements? Yes…If We Like What They Imply

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What are the odds, from 0 to 100%, that someone will break your heart within the next five years?
How did you answer this question? Maybe you thought about your past relationship experiences, or the person you’re dating right now. Maybe you th… Continue reading

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{FD} More Sex and Happy Relationships: It’s Automatic

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When relationship partners have more sex, their relationship satisfaction is higher. Seems obvious, right? Maybe not. Previous research on sexual frequency and relationship quality has not been able to conclusively link these variables. There may be … Continue reading

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{FD} Unleash the Tongue: The Effect of Sex on Self-Disclosure

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The sexual behavioral system evolved to motivate reproductive acts. The primary strategy for achieving this goal is to approach a potentially fertile partner, convince him or her to have sex, and engage in genital intercourse. However, human offsprin… Continue reading

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{FD} Too Macho for the Middle? Why Guys Don’t Compromise

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Imagine you and your romantic partner are purchasing a new car together. You both prioritize safety and fuel efficiency, and you’ve identified 3 cars that you mutually like. The first car is extremely fuel-efficient. The second has superior saf… Continue reading

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{FD} To Put Out or Not to Put Out? 23 Years of Reasons for Maintaining Virginity

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A recent study examined 23 years of college students’ explanations for their virginity.1 [It’s worth noting from the outset that “virginity” is a loaded term, one that’s replete with religious and moral overtones, but the… Continue reading

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{FD} Flower Power: How Flowers Influence Relationship Choices

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“Roses are red, violets are blue; when I’m around flowers I’m more attracted to you!” 

Whether it’s red roses for Valentine’s Day or a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers as a bride walks down the aisle, flowers are… Continue reading

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{FD} Problems with Sexual Functioning Cramping Your Style?

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We usually associate sexual dysfunction with men and women as they age. Most studies of sexual dysfunctions examine older adults,1,2 but studies rarely ask young people, “Does everything work as you think it should?”  “Does it … Continue reading

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{FD} “Netflix and Chill?”: Are Friends With Benefits Relationships the New Norm?

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In decades past, “dating” was the primary way people developed relationships – people would get a feel for each other and, if things felt right, they would eventually engage in physical intimacy. Recent research, however, suggests t… Continue reading

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{FD} Attachment in the Virtual World

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Did you have a Tamagotchi as a child, or have you played a similar game where you had to take care of a pet or person (e.g., Nintendogs)? Did you invest a lot of time taking care of it? I know I did. I also had pretty positive feelings towards my T… Continue reading

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