Relationships, Community, & Social Psychology

Communication Is Key for Sexual Satisfaction

You might not think to look through the scientific literature to spice up your sex life, but it turns out that psychology researchers have some ideas about what makes good sex – ...
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6 Predictors of Relationship Satisfaction

Happy Valentine’s day! Or is it? That might depend on how satisfied you are with your relationship. It’s hard to define what makes a good relationship, but scientists have a few ideas ...
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Subtle Linguistic Cues Can Discourage Young Girls From an Interest in Science

The language we use to talk about gender makes a difference. Last year, for example, I wrote about a study showing that previously being exposed to gender-neutral language affects how likely people ...
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Social Media Use Today Could Mean Memory Slips Tomorrow

Go on a Facebook binge, and the consequence might be … I’m sorry, where was I? A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan implicates social media usage in higher ...
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How Have Social Attitudes Changed in the Last Decade?

People’s attitudes toward different social groups tend to change over time. But how have people’s attitudes in the United States changed in recent years? A pair of researchers from Harvard University decided ...
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Social Ostracism Linked to Internet Addiction

To understand people’s online behavior, it’s worth looking at what’s happening in their offline lives. That’s one takeaway from a new study published in the journal Psychiatry Research showing a relationship between ...
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Extraversion: Can You Fake It ‘Til You Make It?

Our society tends to value people who are social, outgoing, and action-oriented – that is, extraverts. Indeed, there’s plenty to like about being extraverted. Extraverts enjoy higher levels of happiness on average, ...
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The Science of Having Sex With Your Ex

Some psychology studies provide practical insights with obvious applications in everyday life. Today brings an example of one of those studies, in the form of a paper titled Pursuing Sex With an ...
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Study: People You Meet Probably Like You More Than You Think

A theme that often comes up on this blog is that people tend to be biased in their judgments about themselves and about the way other people see them. In many situations, ...
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The Health Benefits of Playfulness

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. It also makes him less healthy, less physically fit and less likely to lead an active life. That second part isn’t from ...
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