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Does Romance Trump Prior Friendships and Change Behavior?

Does Romance Trump Prior Friendships and Change Behavior?

New research explores the hypothesis that adolescents become less similar to their friends and more similar to romantic partners after they start a new romantic relationship. The complaint that a person is not the same after they began dating is a familiar lament. In the new study, researchers from Florida Atlantic University studied how people […]

Why Straight Women Like Gay Men

Why Straight Women Like Gay Men

A new study attempts to explain why many heterosexual women develop close friendships with gay men. Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) note that the social pattern has been a central theme of television shows such as “Modern Family,” “The Office,” “Sex & the City,” “Will & Grace,” and other pop culture […]

Abusive Partners More Likely to Use Kids As Threat During Breakup

Abusive Partners More Likely to Use Kids As Threat During Breakup

During a separation or divorce, abusive partners are four times more likely to threaten the mother with taking or harming their children, according to a new study by Sam Houston State University researchers. “When we look at the separation process, we know that women are at an increased risk of violence and sexual assault,” said Brittany […]

Oxytocin Ups Generosity for Social Projects, But Not Environmental

Oxytocin Ups Generosity for Social Projects, But Not Environmental

People with higher levels of oxytocin, known as the “bonding” hormone, are more likely to give generously to charities that help suffering humans, according to scientists at the University of Bonn Hospital. But this same high-oxytocin group is not more inclined to give generously to projects that help the environment. In fact, high levels of the […]

Tone of Voice Trumps Word Choice in Spousal Arguments

Tone of Voice Trumps Word Choice in Spousal Arguments

An interdisciplinary team has developed a computer algorithm that can predict, with high levels of accuracy, if your relationship with your spouse will improve or deteriorate. University of Southern California researchers say the software is 79 percent accurate. In fact, the algorithm did a better job of predicting marital success of couples with serious marital […]

Stigma of STIs Can Be Hazardous to Public Health

Stigma of STIs Can Be Hazardous to Public Health

A new study finds that people diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STI) are judged harshly and unfairly. University of Michigan researchers found the public often overestimates the risk for STIs when compared to other health risks. And this perception can exacerbate negative outcomes. Individuals who feel stigmatized often make riskier decisions, which can affect […]

Once a Week Sex May Be Optimal for Content Couple

Once a Week Sex May Be Optimal for Content Couple

New research suggests more sex is not always better, at least in terms of relationship happiness. In the study, published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, investigators found that although happiness is associated with sex, this link is fulfilled with weekly sex. “Our findings suggest that it’s important to maintain an intimate connection […]

New Program Addresses Unique Needs of Lesbian Couples

New Program Addresses Unique Needs of Lesbian Couples

Despite recent judicial rulings, same sex couples face social challenges ranging from discrimination and stigma to unique relationship needs. To help address these disparities, psychology researchers are testing a relationship education program to address the distinctive needs of female same-sex couples. Sarah Whitton, a University of Cincinnati associate professor of psychology will discuss her findings […]

Lower Testosterone In Men Tied to More Supportive Relationships

Lower Testosterone In Men Tied to More Supportive Relationships

It is well-established that men who cooperate good-naturedly with female partners in raising and nurturing children often have lower levels of testosterone than their more aggressive and occasionally grumpy counterparts. Now a new study by two anthropologists at the University of Notre Dame examines the interaction of testosterone and men’s relationships outside of the nuclear family. […]

21st Century Marriages Not What They Used to Be

21st Century Marriages Not What They Used to Be

A new study suggests the institution of marriage has changed, reflecting women’s educational attainment, earnings potential, and involvement in the workforce. The commitment of women to jobs and careers has reduced, or eliminated economic disparities between men and women. This has changed the primary function of marriage so that now marriage is a vehicle to […]

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