Sex Essential Reads

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.

Why Are We Attracted to Our Friends?

Three new scientific papers reveal why we are prone to fall for our friends, and explain why so many of us try to remain friends with an ex.

What Explains Demographic Gaps? Simpson's Paradox

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Racial, gender, and other gaps do not always reflect discrimination

The Marketing of Mindfulness

Mindfulness for mind-blowing sex?

Is Honesty the Best Policy in the Bedroom?

Research on close relationships recommends that you be honest with your partner. Does this honesty extend to your sexual past as well?

The 70 Year Itch

Sex for women in the seventh decade? No way!

The Role of 'One-Sided Sex' in Relationships

Peace-inducing sex is one-sided sex intended to maintain industrial peace within one’s relationship. Is it beneficial? Yes and no.

Why Women Are More Depressed Than Men

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Pop Psych
To understand why women are more depressed than men, you need to understand the adaptive function of depression

8 Common Myths (and 1 Truth) About Intimacy in Relationships

Without your realizing it, your beliefs about intimacy may be based more on myth than reality.
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How Many Straight People Are There?

Regardless of whether it’s sexual identity, attraction, or behavior, fewer women than men say they’re straight.

Why Some Women Are Attracted to Unavailable Men

Why are women attracted to attached men? And when do you need to worry about your significant other?

Does FGM Make Women Less Interested in Sex?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is practised in many countries, most of which are in Africa. Proponents of FGM claim that it limits women's interest in sex. But are they right?

Can a Crush on a Friend Ever Turn Into a Relationship?

New research shows how projecting your romantic feelings onto a friend can sometimes set off a chain reaction that leads to romance.

Do Women With More Premarital Partners Get Divorced Less?

New research sheds light on which types of experiences prior to (or instead of marriage) enable positive, intimate, and mutual partnerships to grow—and last.

5 Facts About Back-Burner Relationships

By Michelle Drouin Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in Love Online
Do you think someone might have their eye on you for a future relationship? There's only one way to know for sure.

A Surprising Hormone Is Important for Sexuality in Women

Women are not as free from the effects of hormones as once was thought.

Marrying Friends for Benefits: The Real Threat to Marriage

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 10, 2016 in Living Single
You've heard of friends with benefits. Here's a version in which the benefits are not sexual, but deeply consequential.

Porn vs. Religion

By David J Ley Ph.D. on June 08, 2016 in Women Who Stray
People are struggling over porn use—but their problems are consistently related to a conflict between their religious values and their sexual behaviors, not to porn itself.

What the Dumpster Can Teach Us in the Turner Rape Case

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on June 07, 2016 in Social Lights
Reflections on Brock Turner's rape of a young woman.

Predictors of Online Sex and Porn Consumption

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on June 05, 2016 in Without Prejudice
US states with greater religiosity or conservatism conduct more searches for sexual content. Yet religious people consider porn addiction more problematic than racism or guns.

Smoking Hot

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 05, 2016 in Pop Psych
How does recreational drug use affect your attractiveness in the dating world?

The Flexuality of Wealthy Women

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on June 02, 2016 in Stepmonster
Bicurious? The fluid sexuality of wealthy women.

Treating Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Male sexual abuse is relatively common but also relatively ignored in American society (and elsewhere).

Why We're Having More Same-Sex Relationships Than Ever

More Americans are having sex with partners of the same gender. Here's why this is happening, and why it's a good thing.

Yes, Humans Are Still Evolving

Popular claims that human beings are no longer the subject of evolution often confuse the terms "natural selection" and "evolution." Indeed, we are still evolving!

Intimacy and Sexuality After Body Disfigurement

June 7th is National Cancer Survivor Day. As a survivor who also experience disfigurement with my surgery, I want to share my experience and the importance of positive input.

Are You Flirting More Than You Realize?

Whether or not you intend to, you may be sending out signals that you’re sexually available. See which of the 5 flirting types fits your own behavior.

Are Wealthy People More Likely to Cheat?

Recent studies suggest money makes men see more flaws in their female partners' appearance and makes them inclined to cheat. Do women experience the same effects?