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.

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.