Love and Marriage

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, the disappointment is just going to be that much worse when you find out they aren’t perfect. But research challenges that assumption… 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

    This is a photo of an affectionate young couple sharing a tender moment outdoors

    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

  • To what extent does biology influence an individual's marital satisfaction or likelihood of divorce? Integrative science provides some insight... More

    Genetically Ever After

    To what extent does biology influence an individual's marital satisfaction or likelihood of divorce? Integrative science provides some insight... More

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