Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize Awarded to Eli Finkel and Colleagues

Eli Finkel and colleagues received the Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). The award recognizes the paper or chapter published within the past year that has been "judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to social/personality psychology." They received the award for their paper on Transactive Goal Dynamics, a theory investigating how close relationships influence goal success. 

New Annual Review Paper on Relationship Science by Eli Finkel, Lab Alum Paul Eastwick, and Colleagues

The paper reviews the relationship science literature and distills 14 core principles, which address the questions: (a) What is a relationship? (b) How do relationships operate? (c) What tendencies do people bring to their relationships? (d) How does the context affect relationships?

Finkel, E. J., Simpson, J. A., & Eastwick, P. W. (2017). The psychology of close relationships: Fourteen core principles. Annual Review of Psychology, 68383-411.

New JPSP Paper by Eli Finkel and Colleagues on Relationship Power and Aggression

This paper examines the circumstances under which low relationship power can lead to aggression. Aggressive responses emerge only when situational power is low, and only for men. 

Overall, N. C., Hammond, M. D., McNulty, J. K., & Finkel, E. J. (in press). Power shapes interpersonal behavior: Low relationship power predicts men's aggressive responses to low situational power. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

New PNAS Paper on Postural Expansiveness and Romantic Attraction by Eli Finkel, Former RAMsters Emily Reit and Paul Eastwick, and Colleagues

This paper leverages speed-dating procedures and a dating app experiment to examine the effects of an individuals’ postural expansiveness on others’ romantic attraction to him or her. Men and women with expansive postures are more desired.

Vacharkulksemsuk, V., Reit, E., Khambatta, P., Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., & Carney, D. R. (in press). Dominant, open nonverbal displays are attractive at zero acquaintance. Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences.

New JPSP Paper on Power and Goal Pursuit by Eli Finkel, Kathleen Carswell, and Colleagues

This paper examines how power influences people's likelihood of pursuing their romantic partner's goals. People with low power in their relationships tended to pursue goals for their partner and to adopt their partner's goals as their own. 

Laurin, K., Fitzsimons, G. M., Finkel, E. J., Carswell, K. L., vanDellen, M. R., Hofmann, W., Lambert, N. M., Eastwick, P. W., Fincham, F. D., & Brown, P. C. (in press). Power and the pursuit of a partner’s goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

New Current Directions Paper on the All-Or-Nothing Marriage by Eli Finkel, Elaine Cheung, Lydia Emery, Kathleen Carswell, and Grace Larson

This paper examines how the needs that people look to their marriages to fulfill have changed over time and argues that these changes have affected people's satisfaction with their marriages. On average, people may be less satisfied with their marriages than in previous eras, but the best marriages today are more fulfilling than were those in earlier times.

Finkel, E. J., Cheung, E. O., Emery, L. F., Carswell, K. L., & Larson, G. M. (2015). The suffocation model: Why marriage in America is becoming an all-or-nothing institution. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 238-244.