'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.
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.
'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."
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.
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.
In case you missed any of them, here are links to our holiday-themed articles from the last week:
- All I Want for Christmas is You: The Science of Gift Giving
- The Lover’s Guide to Surviving Holiday Gift-Giving
- Regifting: A Gift-Giver’s Hidden Shame
- This Holiday Season, Get Your Romantic Partner Exactly What He or She Wants
- Want to Get Lucky on Your Holiday Date? Skip the Mistletoe and Wear Red Instead
- The Warm Glow of the Past
- Erotic Photos: A Holiday Gift Both You and Your Partner will Appreciate?
We'll be running our annual "Editors' Choice Awards" for the next two weeks (see here for last year's picks). Happy holidays!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
Let’s take a trip down nostalgia lane for a moment. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and try to bring to mind a special memory. What came to mind? You might be thinking about a special time with a loved one or a beloved pet. Perhaps you are recalling an event that has special meaning for you, such as your wedding day or the birth of your child. Maybe the thought of Grandma’s cookies flood your senses – so much so that you can actually smell them baking in the kitchen. Or you could be thinking about the happy-go-lucky days of your youth when you were free to be whomever you wanted to be.