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Passionate Love

If there’s one sentiment shared by all great artists, from Shakespeare to Beyoncé, it’s this: Love is intense. Only in the last century have psychological scientists begun to regard passionate love as a viable research topic… More

  • Using evaluative conditioning, a team of researchers has developed an unconventional intervention for helping a marriage maintain its spark: pictures of puppies and bunnies... More

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    How Viewing Cute Animals Can Help Rekindle Marital Spark

    Using evaluative conditioning, a team of researchers has developed an unconventional intervention for helping a marriage maintain its spark: pictures of puppies and bunnies... More

  • A study of newlywed couples indicates that partners experience a sexual ‘afterglow’ that lasts for up to two days and is linked with relationship quality over the long term... More

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    A 48-Hour Sexual ‘Afterglow’ Helps to Bond Partners Over Time

    A study of newlywed couples indicates that partners experience a sexual ‘afterglow’ that lasts for up to two days and is linked with relationship quality over the long term... More

  • Marital satisfaction generally declines over time, but a brief writing intervention that helps spouses adopt a more objective outlook on marital conflict could help prevent couples from losing that loving feeling... More

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    21 Minutes to Marital Satisfaction

    Marital satisfaction generally declines over time, but a brief writing intervention that helps spouses adopt a more objective outlook on marital conflict could help prevent couples from losing that loving feeling... More

  • Newlyweds who have frequent sex don’t report greater relationship satisfaction than those who have less sex, but their automatic behavioral responses tell a different story... More

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    Does Frequent Sex Lead to Better Relationships? Depends on How You Ask

    Newlyweds who have frequent sex don’t report greater relationship satisfaction than those who have less sex, but their automatic behavioral responses tell a different story... More

  • Conventional wisdom says that if you idealize the person you marry, you'll be that much more disappointed when you find out they aren't perfect. But some research challenges that assumption... More

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    People Who Think Their Partners Are a Perfect Fit Stay Happier—Even if They’re Wrong

    Conventional wisdom says that if you idealize the person you marry, you'll be that much more disappointed when you find out they aren't perfect. But some research challenges that assumption... More

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