Getting to the Heart of Research
Romantic love: It's complicated, messy, and sometimes even painful. In other words, an ideal subject for psychological scientists. In honor of Valentine's Day, here's a love letter to you from APS. (But don't get any ideas...we're not that kind of organization.)

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The Internet greatly expands our ability to find love, but as the range of options grows larger, mate-seekers become "cognitively overwhelmed" and may make careless choices. More>>
Was Darwin Wrong
About Mating
Evolutionary psychologists often begin with a hypothesis about how modern humans mate: Men think about sex more than women do. Lately, a new cohort of scientists has been challenging this notion. More>> 

It's Complicated: The Psychology of 'Singlism'

Do you feel singled out for being single? Kristin Laurin, Stanford University, has put singlism, the stigmatizing of unmarried adults, to the test. She finds that singlism is indeed potent and double-edged. More>> 


Avoiding Cold Feet
Down the Aisle
It's hard to simulate risky life decisions that are hard to reverse (like marriage) in the lab, but Benjamin R. Karney and Thomas N. Bradbury of UCLA are the first to examine "cold feet." More>> 


How Manti Te'o
Got 'Catfished'
How could the football superstar fall for someone he never met? As more people are getting "catfished," scientists explain how romance in the digital realm can impair reasoning. More>>  


Love is in the
Air (Waves) 
From "Call Me Maybe" to "My Heart Will Go On" love songs are dominating the radio this time of year. New research suggests we really can get rid of that nagging tune in our head. More>> 

Online Dating Sites Don't Measure Up 

Although many dating sites tout the superiority of partner matching through the use of "scientific algorithms," psychological scientists find little evidence that these algorithms can predict whether people are good matches. Read the full report "Online Dating: A Critical Analysis From the Perspective of Psychological Science."  

Love Is Pain...   

Behavioral science is catching up with the anecdotes, finding a good deal of literal truth embedded in the metaphorical phrases comparing love to pain. The February Observer cover story and other articles --  Passionate Love: Looking Back and Looking Ahead, What Implicit Processes Tell Us About Romantic Attachment, and Silent Treatment: Uncovering the Nature and Consequences of Ostracism -- focus on this thing we call love.

Twitter Q&A: What Works While Studying

The next Q&A is today, February 7, and tomorrow, February 8, with John Dunlosky,
professor and Director of Experimental Training at Kent State University, coauthor of the Psychological Science in the Public Interest report Improving Students' Learning With Effective Learning Techniques. Dunlosky researches techniques to improve the effectiveness of people's self-regulated learning across the life span. Questions should be submitted through Facebook, on Twitter using #askaps, or via email to

Stay tuned for more in 2013 and visit the Twitter Q&A Archive. 

Time To Rally!

The APSSC Rally Week runs until February 15 and offers discounted rates to undergrad ($25) and graduate students ($59). For more information about Rally Week or to get involved, contact your Local Campus Rep. Don't have one at your school? Volunteer to help spread the word about APS and psychological science by becoming a Campus Rep. If interested, contact Andrew Sage, the APSSC Membership and Volunteers Officer at

Travel Assistance

Travel Assistance is intended to assist students attending the APS Annual Convention by defraying the cost of travel.

The APSSC hotel match-up program is a service for APS student members seeking to reduce their convention-related expenses by finding other students who are interested in sharing the cost of accommodation at the annual convention. Andrew Sage, APSSC Membership and Volunteers Officer, collects information from students interested in the program and only distributes this information to other applicants in the Hotel Match-Up Program. Please email Andrew Sage at for more information.
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