How do you find your perfect match? Your partner for life? And when you meet that someone, how do you know you've made the right choice? Perhaps you feel you're aiming too high, or maybe you're aiming too low. And talking about a soul mate makes matters worse—besides, do soul mates even exist? Here are some articles to help you maneuver the mating game.

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Are Men Attracted to Clever Women?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
The claim that men are intimidated by clever women has been backed by the results of a new study of speed-dating by Polish economists.

How Eye Contact Alters Our Behavior

Eye contact has the power to alter our behavior, our attention, our memory, and our appraisal of who's looking at us. Is that always a good thing?

Evolutionary Adaptations and Male Mortality

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in This Is America
The most social of the sciences, evolutionary biology draws on anthropology, endocrinology, and genetics to understand male aging, including the gender gap in mortality rates.

Do We Put Too Much Weight on Shared Interests When Dating?

It sounds wonderful to have interests in common with a person we're dating, but we should be wary of putting too much stock in them—in the end, they could backfire.

The Truth About the Law of Attraction

By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in The Blame Game
Millions of people are unsuccessful at achieving goals using the Law of Attraction (LOA). The reason? The LOA does not exist! Hear why from a certified LOA expert.
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The Strange Link Between Attitudes Towards Sex and Drugs

According to evolutionary theories, people's attitudes to recreational drug use may be influenced by their preferred mating strategies.

Age as a Factor in Sexual Orientation and Attraction

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Finally Out
Sexuality research focusing exclusively on genital sex to the exclusion of attraction, affection and affiliation falls short in our understanding of sexual orientation or identity.
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Intimately Connected

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in How We Do It
Research sheds new light on biological origins of women’s sexuality.

A Recipe for Finding True Love

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
An ounce of computer science plus a teaspoon of neuroscience can produce a delicious result!

Why Popular Dating Advice Is Keeping You Single

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on September 10, 2016 in Finding Love
Popular dating advice consistently leads single people away from the very love they are seeking. Research explains why this is and what to do about it.

Is Everyone Really Lying Online?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Close Encounters
New research shows that while online deception is common, it's less common than we think. And these new findings should be interpreted in light of research on offline lying.

What to Say (and Not to) in a First Online Dating Message

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Which style of first contact message is most likely to receive a reply? Is it better to make someone wait a while for your reply?

The Ugly Truth About Online Dating

By Ryan Anderson on September 06, 2016 in The Mating Game
Have you ventured into the world of online dating? Or are you thinking about it? Before you do, there are a few things you need to know.
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Dating: Whose Relationship Is It Anyway?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 05, 2016 in Fixing Families
It's all too easy when dating to fall into being too accommodating, too reactionary, and taking what you can get. How to break out and make the relationship your own.

Foreign Language Learning Is Like Dating: It Spurs Anxiety

Anxiety and embarrassment are often seen as a detriment to success in foreign language learning but recent studies hint that small doses of anxiety don’t hurt.

Dating a Man Who Is Separated but Not Yet Divorced?

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in Rediscovering Love
There are many factors that can affect these triangulated relationships and how they are combined can affect the outcome in different ways.
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When You Can Date Everyone, Can You Be Happy With Anyone?

By Catalina Toma Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Virtual You
Does having more options affect online daters’ evaluation of their potential partner?

Money for Nothing, but the Chicks Aren't Free

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Pop Psych
New research finds that altruists (or at least men) tend to have a greater degree of mating success. As usual, however, the matter is more complicated than that.

5 Myths About How to Deal With a Breakup

Don't fall prey to these misconceptions about what you should be doing to grieve the loss of your marriage or long-term relationship.

Dating Violence, Warning Signs

Can teens be taught the fundamentals of healthy relationships and the warning signs of possible abuse? Health education can do much to protect youth before it's too late.

How Men Feel About Their Bodies

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 10, 2016 in Cravings
Are you a man with concerns about your appearance? You're not alone!

The Invisible Sexuality

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on August 06, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
Bisexuals face a unique problem—their orientation is not believed by either hetero- or homosexuals. For bisexual women, "it's just a phase." For men, "they're really gay."

Why Your Perfect Partner Doesn't Need to Be Ideal

Our partner may not match our ideal preferences, but we employ a variety of psychological techniques to keep us happy with the person we're with.

Do Women Prefer Men With Beards?

Does a beard help a guy get noticed? Is a little stubble really sexy? Should he skip a shave or two? Research has the answers.

Sage Relationship Advice From the Movie Swingers

It’s been twenty years and I still think one of my favorite relationship movies is Swingers. It is a veritable storehouse of relationship advice, particularly about self-esteem.

Four Attractive Stereotypes You Shouldn't Try to Conform To

By Mairi Macleod Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Sexy Science
If you act dumb to appeal to men, or you flash your cash to pull women, then don't be surprised if you attract the wrong types.

Protect Your Relationships By Communicating Effectively

Are you afraid of your relationship suffering due to poor communication? The strategies in this blog post will go a long way to address relationship communication troubles!

What You Need to Know for Sure Before Moving in Together

Most people believe cohabiting is a great test of compatibility, but it's probably not.