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Plenty of Pheromones in the Sea

As we sat in my car outside a silent movie theater in Los Angeles, my friend anxiously opened a plastic bag containing a white T-shirt she’d slept in for the past three nights.

December 6, 2013 — Julia Calderone
The Psychology of Giving Thanks

The Psychology of Giving Thanks

As we all sit down tonight to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie, many of us will be going around the table giving thanks for our everyday sources of gratitude, like friendships, relationships, and good health.

November 28, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Sex and the Married Neurotic

There are few things in this world that I truly loathe. One of those things is the showEverybody Loves Raymond. Why, you might ask? First of all, its actually quite hard to really love Raymond.

February 14, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum

How To Make The Most Of Your Valentine’s Day!

Whether you’re single or partnered up this Valentine’s Day, psychology has all sorts of tips for you on how to find your next great love or improve your existing relationship with the one you’ve got.

February 14, 2015 — Melanie Tannenbaum

The Making of a Tough Mudder.

In November 2011, I participated in my first Tough Mudder, an event officially billed as a “hardcore, 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie” (and unofficially billed as “probably the toughest event on the planet”). Since then, I’ve participated in 3 Super Spartans [...]

January 15, 2015 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Calling It Sex When They Mean Love

The saying "Why do they call it love when they mean sex?" is often used when a person feels a strong physical attraction toward another person and they camouflage it as love or a special connection.

December 9, 2014 — Pere Estupinyà

Why Romantic Illusions Are a Good Thing

Scientists believe that idealizing one's partner can work as a self-fulfilling prophecy, where illusion eventually becomes reality. That is to say, people can help to create the partners they wish they had, by exaggerating their virtues and minimizing their faults in their own minds.

February 12, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

How To Craft An Empirically-Supported Marriage

Many of you have likely noticed that I have been on an extended hiatus from blogging due to an especially crazy 2014, filled with lots of big events and life changes that have kept me exceptionally busy.

December 3, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum

The Best PsycHoliday Stocking Stuffer!

If there are three things that people tend to have on their minds during the holiday season, it's a) saving money, b) friends & family, and c) finding the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists.

December 14, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum


“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all” –Harriet van Horne Science, too, I think.

April 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Are Social Daydreams Related to Well-Being?

Daydreaming often gets a bad reputation. While yes– researchers have associated “lapses of attention” with memory loss and depression, here’s the thing: not all daydreaming is a lapse of attention.

April 16, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman
5 Ways to Overcome Dating Anxiety

5 Ways to Overcome Dating Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychological disorder in the US, affecting 18 percent of the adult population. Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is the third-most-common psychological disorder, affecting 15 million men and women in the US.

September 12, 2014 — Shannon Kolakowski
The Original Cupid Was a Sociopath

The Original Cupid Was a Sociopath

“Winged Cupid, rash and hardy, who by his evil manners, contemning all public justice and law, armed with fire and arrows, running up and down in the nights from house to house, and corrupting lawful marriages of every person, doth nothing but evil.” Lucius Apuleius, The Tale of Cupid and Psyche (late second century A.D.) [...]

February 14, 2014 — Jesse Bering
Fear and Love on a Shaky Bridge

Fear and Love on a Shaky Bridge

Imagine being in the jungle, thousands of miles from civilization Thus opened the promo two years ago forLove In The Wild, the extreme dating experiment on NBC that sent its contestants on first dates that were jam packed with shaky bridges, crocodile attacks, and bungee jumping.

February 14, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum

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