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New research sheds light on the relationship between narcissism and perceived power in ongoing romantic relationships. The study has been published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. “We were interested in this topic because power is a fundamental part of romantic relationships in terms of how they operate and function. To some extent, we all want to influence our romantic partner to think, feel, or behave in a way that is consistent with…

New research provides evidence that natural fluctuations in women’s hormones are not only associated with their own psychology, but also their partner’s perception and well-being. The study, published in Biological Psychology, was the first to examine how the rise and fall of women’s hormones during the menstrual cycle impacts their partners’ feelings and perceptions. “Hormones have an underappreciated effect on behavior. This is true for men and women, just as it’s true for animals of…

New psychology research indicates “there is hope for couples who are feeling the effects of political polarization.” The study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, suggests that increasing relationship maintenance behaviors can decrease the perceived stress and conflict between partners who voted differently in the 2016 presidential election. “I became interested in the topic because I just developed a new theory called the Theory of Resilience and Relational Load that I was…

New research sheds light on the relationship between sexual satisfaction and vibrator use in women with male partners. The findings, which suggest that communication plays an important role, have been published in the journal Psychology & Sexuality. “This project started from us really wanting to come up with a fun collaboration for the two of us,” said study authors Stéphanie E. M. Gauvin (@GauvinSteph) and Lindsey R. Yessick (@LindseyYessick), who are both PhD candidates at…

New research provides evidence that benevolently sexist feedback can induce cardiovascular threat responses in women, even when the feedback is supportive. The findings have been published in the journal Biological Psychology. Benevolent sexism refers to patronizing, paternalistic, and chivalrous beliefs about women. One example is the belief that women should be cherished and protected by men. “I was interested in better understanding the potential mechanisms through which benevolent sexism can negatively impact women’s day-to-day well-being.…

Couples who live together before tying the knot tend to engaged in less frequent sex and have lower levels of sexual satisfaction during the first few years of their marriage, according to a new study that appears in the Journal of Sex Research. “Relationship science often shows that frequency and quality of sex decline across the early years of marriage. Drawing from a variety of perspectives, it is likely that the factors couples experience prior…

Political bias might be more important in predicting acceptance of fake news than a conspiratorial mindset, according to new research published in the journal Social Psychology. “We have been astonished to see how recently, and especially with the advent of social media, the influence of fake news on political decisions has intensified. Even important political events, such as an election, can be influenced by fake news. While the literature mainly emphasized the susceptibility of people…

New research provides evidence that having a gay- or lesbian-sounding voice can have tangible consequences on a person’s job prospects. The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, indicates that discrimination based on one’s voice may be particularly harmful for women perceived as lesbian. “Voice is a minimal cue that people use, consciously or unconsciously, to make inferences about others. Stereotypes about voice exist too. I am therefore interested in examining how minimal cues such…

Psychological measures of authoritarianism were first developed in politically stable nations, but new research from Brazil indicates that the measures need to be tweaked to better reflect the situation in politically unstable nations. The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, shows how right-wing authoritarianism can manifest differently across nations. “At least since 2016, when the former president Dilma Rousseff was impeached, a lot of Brazilians got interested in politics. Many people…

An increase in the resources of a person’s parents-in-law is positively associated with a change in their own economic status, according to a new study from Finland. The findings have been published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. “Many scholars have focused on family members such as grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, but studying the role of partners’ parents is missing even though in-law relations are popular discussion subjects. During the preparation…

New research indicates that that wearing heavy makeup a can lead to a “subtle form of dehumanization.” The study, published in the journal Sex Roles, found that women were perceived as having less human-like traits when wearing makeup compared to when not wearing makeup. “A growing body of research has shown that body sexualization prompts dehumanization and objectification. That is, that bodies wearing lingerie and displaying suggestive postures are visually processed akin to objects at…

New psychology research indicates that implicit beliefs about willpower can influence people’s relationships. The study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, found that people who believe willpower is a limited resource tend to be less willing to provide support to their romantic partner compared to those who believe willpower is inexhaustible. The researchers behind the study were interested in examining how people’s willpower theories were related to interpersonal dynamics. “While working on…

New research indicates that several factors, including relationship instability in childhood, influence how individuals’ emotionally respond to casual sexual experiences. The findings have been published in Evolutionary Psychological Science. “There has been a lot of interest in studying the sexual behavior of young adults (especially college students) and how that sexual behavior may (or may not) be changing. A lot of the research on this topic has focused on investigating sex differences between males and…

New research published in Computers in Human Behavior provides new insights into selfie-posting behavior on social networking websites. The findings indicate that posting selfies is associated with some forms of narcissism but not others. It also appears to differ based on geographic regions. “As a developmental researcher, I’m interested in the underlying mechanisms and processes of online behaviors. Can we predict how individuals will act in online environments? Are these predictors linked with individual (personality)…

People tend to become more trusting of news stories after being exposed to President Donald Trump’s tweets attacking so-called “fake news,” according to new research published in Mass Communication and Society. The findings provide evidence that Trump’s tweets are having the opposite of their intended effect. “There had been a great deal of popular concern, both from the public and journalism outlets, about Trump’s disparagement of news media via Twitter and labeling legitimate news organizations…