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Announcing The 2nd Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!

I have attended a lot of psychology conferences over the years and, after many of them, I often thought to myself: “What would have made this conference even better? More sex talks!” I'm far from the only one who has had this thought, though. Several of my colleagues have noticed that many of our major conferences are lacking when it comes to sexuality programming, so we took matters into our own hands and, earlier this year, we put on the first ever Sexuality Pre-Conference prior to the 2014 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). The Pre-Conference was a huge success--it was very well-attended and received rave reviews. As a result, turning this into an annual event seemed like a no-brainer!

The next SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference will be held on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at the Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Our current line-up of speakers includes: Meredith Chivers, Justin Garcia, Gurit Birnbaum and Eli Finkel, Monique Ward, and yours truly. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including female sexual arousal patterns, sexual desire and relationship development, media influences on sexual behavior, evolutionary perspectives on human sexuality, and teaching considerations for college sexuality courses. There will also be a sex data blitz highlighting some of the latest findings in the field, as well as a roundtable discussion at the end of the day.

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Our China Partnership: 1.3 Billion Relationship Science Fans


After a successful first year, we're thrilled to announce that we have renewed our partnership with Guokr Media, who translate and distribute our articles in China, helping us accomplish our mission of sharing relationship science with the world.

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ScienceOfRelationships.com on Google+

Joining a new social networking platform is a lot like starting a new relationship. It takes energy to build and a commitment to keep it going, but ultimately it can be very rewarding. We are happy to announce that we've embraced Google+ (in addition to Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, and Tumblr), giving you lots of ways to get your daily dose of relationship science.

If Google+ is your social networking platform of choice, connect with us here.


Happy 2nd Birthday...To Us!

Two years and 1.5 million page views later, we've reached our second birthday. We are incredibly thankful to all of our awesome contributors who make this site happen and to our loyal readers.

If you aren't sure what to get us for our birthday, the best gift is to share relationship science with others. Please share your favorite ScienceOfRelationships.com article on your preferred social networking platform like Facebook, Twitter, reddit, Pintrest, etc. The best present we can hope to receive today is to know that our readers (and their relationships) benefit from relationship science.


1.3 Billion People Can't Be Wrong About Relationship Science

We're excited to announce that Guokr Media will be translating and distributing our articles in Chinese. Welcome to all of our new friends in China!


Thanks for the Love: ScienceOfRelationships.com Wins the 2012 SPSP Media Prize

We've had to keep this under our hats for a couple of weeks, but we're excited to be able to announce today that ScienceOfRelationships.com is the recipient of the 2012 Media Prize presented by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP; see their press release here). Thanks for all the support we've received from readers and fans, and especially to our staff writers and contributors to the site.

We hope to see many of you at the SPSP conference in New Orleans in January 2013. We'll be the ones carrying the big trophy.


No, We Haven't Gone Fishing...


We're headed to the International Association for Relationship Research conference in Chicago. See some of you there, and we'll be back next week.

While we're away we are going to revisit a few posts from the vaults. Enjoy!


Happy Birthday to...Us

ScienceOfRelationships.com’s roots extend back to the 10 days the three of us (and our partners) spent together in Greece during the summer of 2006 (a trip that began with, not coincidentally, the International Association for Relationship Research meeting). During that trip we had many conversations about how the field of relationship science should and could do more to make itself accessible to all of the people in the world who want to learn more about relationships.

Over the years those conversations continued regularly. After we each received tenure we took the plunge; we started working on this site in January 2011. Our goal was to create a place that people could visit to learn science-based information about relationships that remained factual, but was written by actual relationship scientists in an engaging and entertaining manner. After many long nights and a lot of coffee, on February 25th 2011 SofR went live and has been going strong since. (Feeling nostalgic? Here's a link to our very first post).

Fortunately for us, there were other relationship scientists who shared our vision and were willing to donate their time to write for the site (see the full list of our awesome contributors here). We are eternally grateful for their generosity, insight, and expertise.

We want to thank our readers who choose to spend a little piece of each day on the site. And if you’ve ever found yourself sharing something you’ve learned on the site with someone else, we thank you for helping us fulfill our mission of exposing as many people as possible to relationship science.

If you missed a year's worth of SofR, you might want to check out our archive of past articles. But if you don't have time to read everything from the past 12 months, here's a quick summary of ALL of our articles (click on the image below to supersize it):

For those of you who, like us, love data, here's our year in numbers:

Thanks for a great first year, 

Ben, Gary, Tim, and the rest of the SofR team

P.S. - Never miss content from SofR. You can:


Dr. Jennifer Harman Discusses the SofR Book and Her Research


SofR on Pinterest.com

In addition to FacebookTwitterreddit, and Tumblr, SofR is now available on Pinterest.com.

Check out our board there!


SofR Gives Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from the team at ScienceOfRelationships.com.

We wanted to take this opportunity to say how thankful we are to everyone who spends part of each day reading our articles. We are extra thankful for anyone who has shared our site and articles with others. Your generosity helps promote our mission of exposing more people to high quality data-based relationship information.

It's only been about nine short months since we launched SofR, and your tremendous enthusiasm and support for the site makes it clear that there's an audience for what we're doing.

Let's also take a moment to be thankful for our dedicated staff of writers and for the passion each person puts in to bringing you their incredible articles. They all deserve an extra piece of pie this weekend.


What Do You Listen To?

We're cooking up some interesting new features for SofR. Keep your eyes (and ears) open for more details. In the meantime, we could use your help with one particularly exciting project:

Do you have any favorite songs about relationships? If so, tell us what you like to listen to when you're in love, in the mood to get busy, going through a rocky patch, getting over a breakup, etc. Basically, if it's about relationships and you like it, we want to hear from you.

Submit songs here >>


Congratulations to Dr. Dylan Selterman and Dr. Amy Muise!

SofR contributors Dylan Selterman and Amy Muise each completed their PhD's this summer. Congratulations, doctors!

Dr. Selterman is starting a new position as a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, and Dr. Muise will be a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.

Please give Amy and Dylan a hard-earned high-five next time you see them!

See Dylan's SofR articles here, and Amy's articles here.



We've just passed 100,000 page views. It took us 100 days to reach our first 50,000 hits and just 55 days to get to 100k, so we're picking up steam.

The great articles written by our contributors are the foundation of our success and the reason you keep coming back, so here's a shout-out to them. Please give each of these folks the applause they deserve: Jen Bevan, Karlene CunninghamMarci Gleason, Wind Goodfriend, Jen Harman, Bjarne Holmes, Samantha Joel, Justin Lehmiller, Charlotte & Patrick Markey, Deb Mashek, Brent Mattingly, Amy MuiseMinda Oriña, Maryhope Howland Rutherford, Dylan SeltermanSteve Yoshimura, and special guest columnist Dave Sbarra (click on each name to see his/her articles).

Thanks for your support and keep sharing the love!

Ben, Gary, & Tim


Relationship Science on Reddit

Are you a Reddit.com user? If so, check out our new "/relationship_science" subreddit. Feel free to submit links for interesting stories about relationship research, comments, responses, and/or questions.

Click here to go to reddit.


We Heart NY


50k in 100 Days

When ScienceOfRelationship.com launched 100 days ago, we never expected that we'd hit 50,000 page hits so quickly. Thanks for all your support, questions, and ideas for articles. Keep 'em coming!

Here's a sneak preview of some of the things coming up in the next couple of weeks:

  • Is 30 Really a Women's "XXX" Birthday?
  • Looking to Grow Elsewhere: Self-Expansion and Attention to Alternatives
  • Science "OR" Relationships?
  • Why Do People Have Different Sexual Orientations?
  • Can't Help Falling in Love?

 Stay tuned!


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend!

Science of Relationships contributor Dr. Wind Goodfriend recently won the 2011 Wythe Award at Buena Vista University for excellence in teaching. You can read more about the award and her work here.

Click here to read Dr. Goodfriend's articles on SofR.

Great job, Wind!


2 Months = 30,000 hits!

Today is the site's two-month birthday, and while readers in North America were sleeping we crossed the 30,000 page hits threshhold. We've had visitors from six continents; if you're in Antarctica and we missed you, give us a shout out so we can cross that off our list.

We've recently signed up a couple of new contributors, so keep a lookout for their first posts. And our veteran contributors continue to crank out some great reading-- the site couldn't exisit without their hard work, so please give them a hand.

Thanks for all your support, suggestions, and questions. Keep 'em coming!

If you haven't already done so, please "like" us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter. 

We started this site with the mission of sharing the results of scientific studies about relationships with non-academics, so please consider suggesting our site to your friends, family, and/or students on Facebook, Delicious, Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon, etc.


Two Weeks and 11,000 Hits Later...

ScienceOfRelationships.com has been "live" for two weeks and we appreciate all the positive feedback we've received. It's been a super 14 days, with over 11,000 page views since launch.

To answer a question we received yesterday: Yes, we have an RSS feed (we're also on Facebook and Twitter). Keep the questions and suggestions coming; we have posts based on readers' suggestions coming in the next few days.