SPSP Valentine's Day Tipsheet (February 2012)
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Press release: The Many Unexpected Sides of Love
Online: Science of Relationships
Online: Writing a Good Love Letter
Journals: Predicting Newlywed Success
Journals: Fair Trade Chocolate Seen As Lower Calorie
The Many Unexpected Sides of Love
The more in love you are, the more
committed you are to the relationship and the more you have to lose.
That survival instinct to protect a relationship leads both men and
women to be vigilant, and even violent, toward romantic rivals,
according to new research by Jon Maner of the University of Florida.
Read about his research, as well as about the effects of geographical
distance of relationships, and when and how we say "I love you”
in the press
release from last month's SPSP
Science of Relationships
For people who are self-secure, giving
a Valentine's Day gift can be a real pleasure but for people high in
anxiety, the gift giving can merely be an obligation. Read more about
Valentine's Day gift-giving, as well as such diverse topics as online
dating and whether people have more sex on vacation, on the Science
of Relationships website, produced by several
social and personality psychologists.
Writing a Good Love Letter
In an evaluation of love letters, researchers found that the most effective messages involved commitment, not necessarily passion. And the message of commitment need not be delivered in a traditional love letter or a card: email will do. Read more about the science of love letters in Donelson Forsyth's PSP Connections blog.
In the journals-
Predicting newlywed success
Are newlyweds more likely to get
divorced if their spouse fails to match their ideal partner
preferences? The answer to that is yes, say researchers reporting on
a 3.5-year study of newlyweds. They found that marriages were more
likely to survive when participants’ perceptions of their spouses’
pattern of traits matched their pattern of ideal partner preferences.
Ideal Partner Preferences Predict Divorce? A Tale of Two Metrics”,
Feb. 2, 2012, Social Psychological and Personality Science,
Paul W. Eastwick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Lisa Neff.
Fair Trade Chocolate Seen as Lower Calorie
People perceived fair trade
chocolate as lower in calories than other chocolate, according to a
recent study. Jonathon P. Schuldt of Calfornia State University,
Northridge, and colleagues tested how social ethics claims for
chocolate created a "health halo" -- an effect where one
positive attribute leads us to assume the presence of others. "The
'Fair Trade' Effect: Health Halos From Social Ethics Claims”,
Jan. 3, 2012, Social Psychological and Personality Science,
Jonathon P. Schuldt (email@example.com)
Other love experts-
Art Aron, State University of New York at Stony Brook –
expert on the use of fMRI brain imaging to understand romantic love
including for long-term relationships.
arthur.aron [at] sunysb.edu
Lisa Diamond, University of Utah – expert on
psychological and biobehavioral processes underlying intimate
relationships and their influence on emotional experience and
functioning over the life course.
diamond [at] psych.utah.edu