What are you doing right now? Are you relaxing? Procrastinating? Gaining knowledge about relationships? Reading words on your computer screen? You can construe any situation in a number of ways. In particular, you can frame most situations in either an abstract, long-term sort … [Read more...] about Love is Abstract, but Sex is Concrete: How Your Mindset Affects Romantic Expectations
I previously wrote about the things that do and do not predict breakups. Now that we have a good handle on what predicts breakup, let's tackle the question “who predicts breakup?” The answer seems fairly obvious, right? If I want to know if your relationship will stand the … [Read more...] about Love is Blind. Your Friends Aren’t.
A rat searching for cheese in a maze is one of the more iconic images associated with psychology. Some recent research extends beyond rats’ GPS capabilities by examining their sexual activity. Yup, rodent sex; we’re going there. Previous studies established that negative … [Read more...] about Just Do It: Having Sex Can Make You Smarter
Men aren’t the only ones who are negatively affected by the dating game. Recently I highlighted a series of studies showing that men’s competition with each other for mates can lead to poor financial decisions such as racking up credit card debt. But competition for dates can … [Read more...] about Women and Dating: An Unhealthy Pursuit?
If there’s one thing I learned from the old Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, it’s that mothers don’t look too kindly on people messing around with their babies. Across many non-human species, lactating moms’ maternal aggression has been well-documented. The general thinking is … [Read more...] about One Tough Mutha: Lactation Facilitates Moms’ Aggressive Behavior