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Sunday
Sep092012

The Science of Orgasms (Video)

Saturday
Sep082012

Week in Review: 2-8 September 2012

Saturday
Sep082012

What Your Bow Says About Your Relationship (Circa 1944)

Relationship science has come a long way since 1944. From Life magazine.

Friday
Sep072012

Would You Make Love to Bob Dylan?

Friday
Sep072012

You’re Sexy When We Fight

Many people assume that having conflict in a relationship reduces sexual desire and relationship satisfaction. Yet, conflict may also present a constructive opportunity for partners to discuss important relationship issues, or it may simply create a general sense of arousal that transforms into sexual excitement. 

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Thursday
Sep062012

Monkey See, Monkey Do (and by “Do” We Mean “Have Sex”)

Recently, we reviewed research that indicates portrayals of sex in pop culture (e.g., movies, TV) influence young adults’ attitudes toward sex and “hookup” behavior. Soon-to-be-published research1 in the journal Psychological Science has more to add on the topic. Researchers surveyed over 1200 adolescents aged 12-14 throughout the U.S. by telephone and followed their sexual activity over a period of about 6 years. They found that more exposure to sex in popular movies (e.g., American Pie) at a young age (before 16) was associated with an earlier “sexual debut.” In other words, the more teens were exposed to sex in movies, the younger they were when they first started having sex.

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Wednesday
Sep052012

When “Sorry” Just Isn’t Enough

“Three words, eight letters. Say it and I’m yours.” This was Blair Waldorf’s plea to her on-again, off-again lover Chuck Bass on the television drama Gossip Girl when Chuck wouldn’t admit to anyone his obvious devotion to her. Blair was presumably after the words “I love you,” but considering their long history of slights against each other, she could just as easily have been waiting for the words “I am sorry” to spill from bad-boy Chuck’s lips. As it turns out, the overall well-being of romantic relationships may hang as much on apologies as they do on confessions of love.

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Tuesday
Sep042012

Amy Muise + Dan Savage = Awesome

Our very own Dr. Amy Muise was interviewed by Dan Savage for his podcast, Savage Love, today. Click here to listen to the podcast (Amy is on between minutes 25 and 32)

 

Tuesday
Sep042012

Should We Live Together? A Question Worth Asking

Many people believe that living together before marriage is a good idea because it helps couples test out whether they are a good fit and ready for marriage. Is he too messy? Does he leave the toilet seat open? Is her mother too involved? Is she a neat-freak? Can we manage finances well enough together? Many think that cohabiting will teach us something important about each other that we need to know before tying the knot. It’s counterintuitive then that some research indicates the living together before marriage, particularly before engagement, is associated with higher risks for divorce.

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Sunday
Sep022012

Overly Attached Girlfriend and Facebook

Attachment style is related to some crazy Facebook behavior (see here for more).

Saturday
Sep012012

Week in Review: 26 August - 1 September 2012

Saturday
Sep012012

Fake (Relationship) Science Is Almost As Good As Real (Relationship) Science

Friday
Aug312012

Are You GGG? The Benefits of Sexual Communal Strength

GGG is a term coined by sex columnist Dan Savage to represent the qualities that he thinks make a good sexual partner. GGG stands for 'good, giving, and game.’ Think 'good in bed,' 'giving of equal time and equal pleasure,' and 'game for anything—within reason.'" We know from previous research that people who are more motivated to respond to their partner’s needs (high in communal strength) report higher relationship satisfaction and feel more intrinsic joy after making a sacrifice for their partner. But, do the benefits of being ‘giving’ and ‘game’ translate to the sexual domain of a relationship as Dan Savage would suggest?

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Thursday
Aug302012

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Show You the Ways

Recently, while procrastinating on Facebook, I stumbled across a post written by one of my good friends. She was raving about how her husband completed all of the tasks on her “honey-do” list. “I have the best husband ever!” she gushed. When I asked her about it later—specifically, why she was so ecstatic that he did some simple chores—she looked at me like I had fallen off the moon. “Duh,” she said. “It shows how much he loves me.” I couldn’t help but smile (you know, the kind of smile you give when you’re about to school someone), because my colleagues and I recently put this idea to the test. And what we found might surprise you.

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Wednesday
Aug292012

Should I End My Relationship Before Going To College?

Now that the summer is coming to a close, young adults are fervidly preparing for their transition to college (though they may be more excited about leaving their parents’ house). College, of course, offers incoming students many social novelties: independence, new friends, all-nighters to cram for finals, and perhaps even new “temptations” around campus (you may very well find yourself checking out the facebook page of the person in the next dorm). But what if you are entering the ivy-covered walls while still involved in a relationship with your high school sweetheart? Should you break up with your romantic partner, or should you maintain the relationship?

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Tuesday
Aug282012

How Gay and Straight Men and Women Influence Their Partners’ Health

Research has long suggested that saying “I do” to a significant other is similar to saying “I do” to better health.1 Married people – especially married men – report better health and live longer than single people.2,3 But marriage itself is not necessarily the reason for these differences; there are many explanations for the health benefits of marriage including increased social support, improved health behaviors by folks who are married, more positive attitudes about health by the married, as well as the benefits of having a partner to help provide health insurance.4,5 

Why are men more likely to experience health benefits in their relationships than are women?

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Monday
Aug272012

Relationships 101: What Students Need to Know About College Relationships

For a .PDF version of this article, please click here. This article is free to any college/university for purposes of dissemination to students (e.g., as part of college orientation, first-year seminar, or college course).

College is all about new experiences: the start of a new life, new friends, new freedom, and new relationship experiences. Not surprisingly, romantic relationships are responsible for life’s happiest moments. For that reason, it is important to avoid problematic relationships that could jeopardize your college education. To help, we’ll identify qualities of healthy relationships in the context of common relationship experiences that students encounter during their first year in college.

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Sunday
Aug262012

Lyrics of Love and Relationships: Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons is a British folk rock band who are Grammy Award nominees, and Billboard Music Award Winners. Read more here.

Album: Sigh No More

[click here to purchase Sigh No More]

Sigh No More (pic)

Love that will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, will set you free. Be more like the man you were made to be.

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Saturday
Aug252012

Week in Review: 19-25 August 2012

Saturday
Aug252012

Hey Girl, You're Stupid Hot...

This isn't just an expression. In fact, research shows that men who interact with an attractive woman experience cognitive impairment (i.e., they do worse on a test) and that this mental collapse occurs even when the woman is not present. Does this same thing happen to women? Nope, they're too smart for that. If you'd like to read more about this study, click here.