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Science on Love (and Hate, Too) at the APS Convention

Although Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, psychological scientists study love all year round — and it’s not always pretty. In this video, Douglas T. Kenrick discusses his book Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life.

Plan to see Kenrick and others present research on love, sex, online dating, and more at the 24th APS Annual Convention in Chicago.

Passionate Love: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Elaine Hatfield will talk about how research on passionate love and sexual desire has evolved over the last 50 years. Hatfield will be introduced by Ellen Berscheid, with whom she will share the 2012 APS William James Fellow Award.

Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life

Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars.” Douglas T. Kenrick will explain why studying homicidal fantasies and one-night stands provides insights into the positive side of human nature and humans’ place in the universe.

Oneline Dating: A Critical Analysis from the Perspective of Psychological Science

Eli J. Finkel will talk about his article soon to be published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

Evolutionary Psychology: Controversies and Current Directions

Richard S. Lewis will chair a symposium on evolutionary psychology. Topics will include “It’s All Relative: Human Kin Detection and Inbreeding Avoidance” (Debra Lieberman) and “Fertile Minds: Effects of the Ovulatory Cycle on Women’s and Men’s Social Behavior” (Martie Haselfon).

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