ScienceOfRelationships.com is excited to feature the Relationship Matters podcast, which is sponsored by SAGE Publications and features work from the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. The series is produced by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College.

Clicking below takes you to the SAGE website, where you can download/listen to the podcasts. In addition, for the most recent podcasts, you can download a FREE .pdf of the journal article featured. You can also follow the podcast on Facebook here.

Number 30 "Can We Keep Passion Alive?" 
Virgil Sheets discusses his recent research on how to keep passionate love alive (and well) in long-term relationships.
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Number 29 "Transcending Shame and Seeking Forgiveness"
Blake Riek discusses the important distinction between guilt and shame and gives advice on how to transcend both feelings and move toward forgiveness.
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Number 28 "The Benefits of Practicing Compassionate Love in Our Relationships"
Harry Reis discusses how and why everyday acts of compassionate love benefit our relationships.
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Number 27 "The Dangers of Putting Your Partner on a Pedestal"
Jennifer Tomlinson discusses the pros and cons of idealizing our partners.
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Number 26 "Relationship Rules: Honesty, Deception, and Relationship Satisfaction"
Katlyn Gangi (formerly Roggensack) talks about her research on honesty in relationships. 
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Number 25 "Is Your Style of Humor Helping Or Hurting Your Relationship?"
Dr. Maryhope Howland talks about her research on how people with different attachment styles use humor in relationships. (Posted October 2013)
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Number 24 "Cooperating with your romantic partner: Associations with interpersonal emotion coordination"
Dr. Ashley Randall (Arizona State University) talks about her research on how men and women experience cooperation within a relationship differently and how romantic partners influence each other’s daily moods. (Posted October 2013) 
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Number 23 "The Benefits and Risks of Growing Close: Relationship Matters"
Dr. Jennifer Tomlinson (Carnegie Mellon University) discusses her recent research with Professor Art Aron (Stony Brook University) on the classic dilemma: how do we balance the benefits of growing emotionally close to a person with the risk of getting hurt that comes when we make ourselves vulnerable? (Posted May 2013)
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Number 22 "Do the daily sacrifices we make in relationships make us happier?"
Dr. Casey Totenhagen (University of Arizona) dicusses recent research on how the daily sacrifices we make in relationships influence how happy and committed we are in our relationships. (Posted April 2013)
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Number 21 "Is there really a benefit of being nice to others?"
Bonnie Le, a graduate student in Dr. Emily Impett's lab (University of Toronto) talks about her research on the personal and interpersonal effects of having a communal orientation. (Posted April 2013)
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Number 20 "To self-disclose or not to self-disclose?"
Dr. Sue Sprecher (Illinois State University) and Stanislov Treger (DePaul University) talk about their work on self-disclosure during first encounters with strangers. (Posted April 2013)
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Number 19 "Insecure attachment and real vs. perceived threat in relationships"
Dr. Geoff MacDonald at the University of Toronto discusses how insecurely attached individuals, compared to the securely attached, perceive potential close relationships as socially threatening vs. rewarding. (Posted April 2013)
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Number 18 "Positive social ties and long-term health outcomes"
Dr. Bert N. Uchino at the University of Utah talks about his research on how positive social ties impact our physical health. (Posted December 2012)
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Number 17 "Empathy and identification"
Dr. Lane Beckes and Dr. James A. Coan at the University of Virginia discuss their research on correlations in psycho-physiological and brain imaging data, particularly their own innovative correlational approaches for exploring interpersonal empathy and identification. (Posted December 2012)
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Number 16 "You’re going to eat that?"
Dr. Tricia Burke at the University of Puget Sound, USA talks about relationship processes and conflict among mixed-weight couples. (Posted November 2012)
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Number 15 "Sharing positive experiences"
Nathaniel M. Lambert at Brigham Young University talks about his research on the positive effect of sharing happy experiences with someone close to you. (Posted October 2012)
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Number 14 "Can you connect with me now? Mobile phones and face-to-face interactions"
In two experiments Andrew K. Przybylski at the University of Essex looks at how the mere presence of a mobile phone can have negative effects on face-to-face interactions. (Posted October 2012)
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Number 13 "Conflict avoidance"
Dr. Tamara Afifi at the University of California, Santa Barbara talks about why women find (conflict) avoidance more dissatisfying than do men. Click here to access the FREE .pdf of this article. (Posted July 2012)
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Number 12 "Sexual healing"
Dr. Tsachi Ein-Dor at the School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel talks about how sex can alleviate stress for both men and women in satisfying relationships. (Posted June 2012)
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Number 11 "Personality and marriage"
Dr. Norm O'Rourke at Simon Fraser University in Canada discusses his article on personality and marriage among heterosexual long-wed couples. (Posted May 2012)
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Number 10 "Being in a relationship that others disapprove of"
Dr. Justin Lehmiller at Harvard University talks about the detrimental effects of being in a relationship that others don't approve of. (Posted April 2012)
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Number 9 "Passionate love"
Legendary Elaine Hatfield at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa talks about passionate love. (Posted March 2012)
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Number 8 "Talking sex"
Jennifer Montesi at Temple University talks about sex. (Posted March 2012)
 
Number 7
In our second interview with Dr Jeff Hall, he discusses his research on sense of humour and partner embarrassment for couples in long-term relationships. (Posted Feb 2012)
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Number 6
Interviews with Justin Cavallo on gender differences and relationship initiation and Jennifer Byrd-Craven on how talking about negative events with friends can actually cause more stress. (Posted Feb 2012)
 
Number 5
Interviews with Nickola Overall on how to change your partner and relationship - what to do and what not to do and Susan Charles on why older people are happier than younger people and what younger people should learn from it. (Posted May 2011)
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Number 4
Interviews with Raymond M. Bergner on how we define love and what it means for us all and Eric Anderson on cheating and the concept of monogamy in our current society. (Posted Jan 2011)
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Number 3
Interviews with Shannon E. Weaver on the role that step-mothers play in modern families and Thomas Nelson Bradbury on links between external stress and how we fight within relationships. (Posted May 2010)
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Number 2
Interviews with Jeff Simpson on milestones in attachment theory and research and with Gurit Birnbaum on the interplay between attachment and sex. (Posted April 2010)
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Number 1
Interviews with Jeffrey Hall on deception in online dating and Leanne Knobloch on the link between depression and relationships. (Posted Feb 2010)
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