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Saturday
Dec222012

What Happens When Your Kid Reads ScienceOfRelationships.com

Thanks to Lisa for sending us this one (from smbc-comic.com). Read more about talking to your kids about sex here and here, and about why people have sex here.

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Friday
Dec212012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #11

'Tis the season for sex? Yep. Drs. Patrick and Charlotte Markey explain that winter and summer are the peak seasons for sexual desire, at least according to Google. So stop searching for porn and click below to read this article. PS: It is currrently winter or summer (depending on your current hemisphere) so after reading this article, go do your part for science. 

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Friday
Dec212012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #12

Unfortunately, not all relationships stand the test of time. If your relationship needs to end, you should figure out the best way to close it out. Rather than guess your way through it, take the pressure off by letting science and John Sakaluk plan your exit strategy.

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Thursday
Dec202012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #13

With the holiday season upon us, how are you showing your partner some love? As you may expect, men and women show love in different ways. Let Elizabeth Schoenfeld count the ways as she discusses the evidence from the kitchen and the bedroom.

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Thursday
Dec202012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #14

How is your relationship partner like Google? Stan Treger describes the cognitive strategies couples use as they become closer and rely on their "shared brain."

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Wednesday
Dec192012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #15

Where's the line between showing interest in your teenagers' lives versus invading their privacy? Dr. Tim Loving reports on a new study that suggests that the more you pry, the more they hide.

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Wednesday
Dec192012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #16

'Tis the season for office holiday gatherings and New Year's parties. If you attend either type of function after a long and stressful day, you may be more susceptible to pick-up lines from would-be suitors, according to Dr. Gary Lewandowski. But don't worry, you probably still won't find lines like "I've checked twice and you are definitely on the naughty list" appealing. But you may be swayed more than normal by a simple "hello."

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Tuesday
Dec182012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #17

Is double-dating good for your relationship? Dr. Benjamin Le describes how feeling close to other couples can lead partners to feel closer to each other. So call up some friends and get cozy!

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Tuesday
Dec182012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #18

What's on your holiday wishlist? An iPad? A puppy? World peace? Dr. Paul Eastwick and colleagues have a very simple wish: online dating companies should evaluate their claims and services with the scientific method.

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Monday
Dec172012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #19

This is the season for all sorts of festive smells-- fresh-baked goodies, a roaring fire, a freshly cut Christmas tree. But what about the sweet smell of potential dating partners? Rather than going to the office holiday party, according to Dr. Yanna Weisberg, maybe you should go to a pheromone party instead. 

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Monday
Dec172012

2012 Editors' Choice Awards: #20

Kicking off our annual "Editors' Choice Awards," Melissa Schneider outlines tips for how online daters should approach all the choices available to them. Is having a lot of options a good thing, or can there be too much choice? 

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Sunday
Dec162012

Mistletoe...For The Sake Of Science

It's nice to see that these researchers are assessing both self-reports and real behaviors.

Saturday
Dec152012

Week in Review: 9-15 December 2012 (pre-Holiday edition)

Saturday
Dec152012

Being a Good Dad Is a Matter of Perspective

Friday
Dec142012

The New York Times is a Tease

Men are dumber around women. Thijs Verwijmeren, Vera Rommeswinkel and Johan C. Karremans gave men cognitive tests after they had interacted with a woman via computer. In the study, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the male cognitive performance declined after the interaction, or even after the men merely anticipated an interaction with a woman.

This passage comes from a piece by David Brooks on the New York Times website. We're always glad to see relationship science making it's way into the popular press. But, unfortunately, Brooks doesn't provide readers with much information about the research itself. Lucky for you, we do. Check out our coverage of this study here.

Friday
Dec142012

All I Want for Christmas is You: The Science of Gift Giving

Each year around mid-November, business owners begin to lick their chops: the next month will arguably be their busiest and most profitable. Last year, for example, Americans spent over $52 billion during the Thanksgiving weekend alone.1 Although large portions of these purchases are surely self-indulging, people also make a lot of purchases to take care of gift shopping for the upcoming holiday season.

Gift giving seems to be a biologically natural phenomenon across a range of species and targets – even organisms as simple as insects feel the need to get in on the giving.

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Friday
Dec142012

The Lover’s Guide to Surviving Holiday Gift-Giving

It’s that time of the year again - streets coloured with festive decorations, malls ringing with well-known holiday music, and shops filled with people wandering aimlessly in search of the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I, for one, struggle every year to find that special present that will give my boyfriend a big smile under the holiday lights. I’m sure I’m not the only one who suffers from this pre-holiday shopping stress. To add to my stress, research confirms what we probably all know already: gift-giving has a significant impact on romantic relationships.

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Thursday
Dec132012

Regifting: A Gift-Giver’s Hidden Shame

Ever get a gift that was so perfect for you that you actually already had the gifted item? Or maybe you received a gift that was so awful that you wondered if the giver knew you at all. (Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but what were they thinking?!) These are the times when gift receipts and generous store return policies come in handy. But if exchanges aren’t allowed, we may find ourselves contemplating “regifting” (i.e., giving the unwanted gift to someone else), especially with National Regifting Day approaching on the Thursday before Christmas. We may feel ashamed or opportunistic, however, about presenting someone with a gift we didn’t want ourselves in light of the distinct social taboo against the practice of regifting. (Remember Elaine’s indignant “He recycled this gift! He’s a regifter!” on Seinfeld?). Is this worry justified?

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Wednesday
Dec122012

This Holiday Season, Get Your Romantic Partner Exactly What He or She Wants

As the gift giving swings into full gear, the pressure is on to find that perfect gift for your significant other. But what sort of present will best communicate your affections? Should you scour the mall (or internet) in search of new gift-giving inspiration? Or should you “stick to the list”, and just give your partner what he or she wished for?

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Tuesday
Dec112012

Want to Get Lucky on Your Holiday Date? Skip the Mistletoe and Wear Red Instead

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, everyone knows that red is one of the colors associated with this holiday. It’s the color of Santa’s suit, Rudolph’s nose, and those tacky woolen sweaters you inevitably see at the office holiday party. However, recent research suggests that red gets us “in the mood” for more than just eggnog and gift-giving—it also increases how attractive and sexually desirable we find other people.

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