DRRC Grant Awarded to Lydia Emery

Lydia Emery received a grant from the Dispute Resolution Research Center in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, funding a research project examining how social class affects conflict dynamics in romantic relationships.

Four RAMLAB Undergrads Receive Summer Research Grants

Four RAMLAB undergraduate research assistants have received grants for Summer 2019. Kaylee Guajardo and Hope Salvador each received a Summer Undergraduate Research Grant to support independent research projects, Steven Du received a Summer Internship Grant Program grant, and Natalie Olson received an Undergraduate Research Assistant Program grant.

Erin Hughes Wins Master's Thesis Award

Erin Hughes received the Ingeborg L. and O. Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award from Villanova University. The award is given to an MS student for a particularly excellent thesis and thesis project. Erin’s master’s thesis validated a new measure of self-expansion preferences and examined how differing motivation to self-expand between romantic couples impacted both individual and relational well-being. 

New JSPR Paper on Self-Expansion by Erin Hughes and Colleagues

Previous research examining self-expansion has typically combined self-expansion and arousal within the same activity. This paper determines that self-expansion, not arousal, drives the benefits of these activities on relationship and individual well-being.

Tomlinson, J. M., Hughes, E. K., Lewandowski, G. W., Aron, A., & Geyer, R. (2018). Do shared self-expanding activities have to be physically arousing? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Advance online publication.

Grace Larson Accepts Postdoctoral Fellowship

Grace Larson has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship to work with Wilhelm Hofmann and Francesca Righetti at the University of Cologne. She will be researching how implicit partner evaluations are influenced by everyday behavior in romantic relationships, as well as how these evaluations affect partners' interactions with each other.

New PSPB Paper on Attachment Avoidance and Self-Concept Clarity by Lydia Emery, Kathleen Carswell, Eli Finkel, and Colleagues

The paper examines potential costs to the self-concept of attachment avoidance. Avoidant individuals experience low self-concept clarity, in part because they do not receive self-verification from their romantic partners. 

Emery, L. F., Gardner, W. L., Carswell, K. L., & Finkel, E. J. (in press). You can’t see the real me: Attachment avoidance, self-verification, and self-concept clarity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


New PSPB Paper on Partner Reactions to Self-Change by Lydia Emery, Kathleen Carswell, Eli Finkel, and Colleagues

This paper examines predictors of how people react when their partners change. People who feel confused about who they are tend to undermine their partner's changes, with downstream relationship quality implications.

Emery, L. F., Gardner, W. L., Finkel, E. J., & Carswell, K. L. (in press). “You’ve changed”: Low self-concept clarity predicts lack of support for partner change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 

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.