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Rethinking sex roles and expectations that stifle relationships
Sarah Hunter Murray Ph.D.
New research identifies which factors are most often associated with engagement in sexual and online infidelity.
Charismatic people tend to report higher desire and sexual satisfaction in their romantic relationships; a new study suggests there may be a key reason why.
How often do you kiss your romantic partner? Your answer may reveal how satisfied (or dissatisfied) you are in your relationship.
Individuals with agency, and time to consider what "sex" will include, are most likely to experience sexual pleasure during their first sexual experience.
Have you ever experienced sexual boredom? New research explores what contributes to, and maintains, sexual boredom, and what you can do about it.
New research finds that holding "sexual growth beliefs" is associated with higher levels of sexual desire, even among women with clinically low desire.
Looking for more affectionate touch in your romantic relationship? New research suggests that perceived partner responsiveness may be a key ingredient.
Women with negative genital self-image are more likely to be distracted during sex and, in turn, experience less sexual pleasure. The good news? Mindfulness may help.
Excitement and self-expansion can lead to increased closeness in intimate relationships.
Sex researchers are digging in to determine how the pandemic is impacting our sex lives. Here is what we know so far.
Watching porn with a partner may be linked to deeper relationship intimacy for some couples.
Sexting may provide an opportunity to break free of traditional sexual scripts for mixed-sex couples.
Factors associated with sexual satisfaction in mixed-sex long-distance and geographically close relationships.
New research explores how older men's and women's definitions of sex and intimacy may evolve over time.
New research suggests that maintaining desire may be more important to sexual satisfaction than finding a partner with the same level of desire as you.
What is so appealing about being spanked, flogged, restrained, and dominated? New research examines the appeal of sexual masochism and submission.
Acquiring sexual skills, avoiding rejection, and navigating masculinity: What men are really paying for when they pay for sex.
New research explores how women navigate low desire in loving relationships.
The relationship between stressful life events, anxiety, depression, and your sex life are complex, especially when you're in self-isolation.
New research uncovers the most (and least) successful strategies for navigating desire discrepancies in long-term relationships.
A new study suggests that women are more likely to say they aren't in the mood; men are more likely to say their female partner wasn't in the mood.
New research suggests men tend to have higher body satisfaction than women—if they are heterosexual.
How the devaluation of femininity, or "femmephobia," contributes to the discrimination of LGBTQ+ identified individuals.
From sexual techniques to prioritizing pleasure, 2019 was a big year for improving our understanding of women's orgasms.
Flirting isn't just a way to start a new relationship; it appears to be an integral part of long-term marital satisfaction.
The not-so-good news? Most women report having faked an orgasm. The good news? The majority have stopped.
New research explores gender differences in sexual desire throughout marriage; and how it can negatively impact marital satisfaction.
Sexting isn't just for single people who are hooking up; research is starting to explore how committed partners are using sexting in their committed relationships.
The advice that kissing, cuddling, and massaging will increase sexual pleasure and sexual arousal may not hold up to scientific scrutiny.
Forget the lingerie, complicated sexual positions, and candlelit dinners. If you really want to have more satisfying sex, you need to talk about it.
Sarah Hunter Murray, Ph.D., is a sex researcher and relationship therapist specializing in how men and women experience sexual desire in long-term relationships.