Sex Essential Reads

Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

By David Ludden Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Talking Apes
It’s perfectly normal in adolescence to question your sexual orientation and gender identity. For some, these questions linger well into adulthood.

Is Mild Love the New Exciting Romance?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Ideal love is depicted as a very passionate experience. Yet mild love seems a better indicator of enduring love. Can we admit our mild love without insulting our partners?

The Ethics of Libido Manipulation

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Women Who Stray
New technology and research suggests that we may one day soon be able to effectively and non-invasively alter sexual libido. This raises tremendous ethical challenges.

What Your Pillow Talk Reveals About Your Relationship

How is what your behavior after sex connected to your relationship satisfaction or the hormonal influences of sexual activity?

New Evidence Suggests Men Are Not Better Map Readers

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
There are remarkably few stable sex differences in cognitive abilities. One ability that has shown consistent sex differences, though, involves spatial perspective taking.
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The New Tomboy

Girls are given more leeway than boys in their gender presentation and, thus, it is more acceptable to be a tomboy than a sissy.

How Sexual Rejection Affects Men in Relationships

By Sarah Hunter Murray Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Myths of Desire
If you think men don't hurt when their sexual advances are rejected, this new research will surprise you.

When Sex and Gender Don’t Match

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Talking Apes
Sex and gender are not the same thing. Rather, they reflect the difference between physical reality and psychological experience.

Kids Can Thrive with Gay Parents

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Adopting Reason
New evidence reaffirms that children have equal chance to thrive in families with gay and straight parents.

10 Essential Tips for Long-Term Love

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 18, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Strategies that will help you transform the initial feelings of love into a life-long relationship.

Making a Sexual Debut

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Despite the controversy surrounding first-time sex, most young people in the United States become sexually active long before they reach adulthood.
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Do Tomboys Grow Up To Be Lesbian?

It is more the addition of masculinity rather than a deletion of femininity that distinguishes tomboy from non-tomboy girls.

Sexual Infidelity: The Post-Discovery Short-Term Aftermath

What happens when you find out your partner cheated?
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This Week in Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A new textbook in forensic psychology that focuses on homicide offers an updated and substantive reference.

3 Strange Laws of Sexual Attraction

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on November 04, 2016 in Dating and Mating
Forget what you think you know about sexual attraction. We may not actually realize who we are attracted to or why we are attracted to them.
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Gay Male Couples: Sexually Open or Closed?

Hook-up sex has its advantages but is this all there is? Young gay men, perhaps similar to most youth, want romance.

Superficial and Sexual Stereotypes

By Shimi Kang M.D. on November 01, 2016 in The Dolphin Way
How can we close the gap on gender? Media-literacy, now more than ever, is the key.

Did We Evolve to Be Monogamous?

Are long-lasting love and monogamy written in our genes? Yes and no. Science tells a strange story about love, but monogamy may be more advantageous than you think.

Kids Need Porn Literacy

By Marty Klein PhD on October 30, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
Concerned that your children are accessing porn--and getting wrong ideas about sex? Help them develop Porn Literacy.

6 reasons young victims cannot recognize sexual assault

Donald Trump and Alec Cook obligate us to face forced kissing as on the spectrum of sexual attacks

Who Has the Best Sex?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 28, 2016 in Cravings
It takes more than attraction and consent to have a mutually satisfying sexual relationship.

Why So Many Bisexuals Are Victimized

“People are telling bisexuals their identity doesn’t exist. Some of them believe it.”
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Open or Closed Sexual Relationships?

What do we know about consensual non-monogamous relationships? This study is a first step.

Sex, Power, and Risk

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
When it comes to power in sexual relationships, who really controls what goes on in the bedroom?

The Truth About Teens and Sex

A new report details statistics about virginity loss in the United States

Cheating? But It Was Just a Webcam!

As our lives have become increasingly digital, the once-clear line between monogamy and infidelity has blurred.

Why Men Grope Women

Compared to a woman paralyzed or befuddled by being groped, the man may feel like master of the universe.

The Transgender Bathroom Controversy

The debate over transgender rights is becoming as contentious as the debate over marriage equality. But why is it that this issue, like same-sex marriage, has created such a furor?

The Surprising Truth About Why People Use Tinder

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Using Tinder to find love outweighs the use of it for casual sex; people also use Tinder to boost their self-esteem.

Masculinity Does Not Equal Toughness, Research Argues

The traditional view of the manly man is that he is tough, hard, and unfeeling. A new viewpoint suggests that manly men can also show they care, benefiting everyone.