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On the evolutionary psychology of human attraction
Robert Burriss Ph.D.
Many psychologists have found that their much-hyped research findings are difficult to repeat. Let's look at some recent examples from the psychology of attraction.
Psychologists have analyzed the clothing color choices of men and women on a reality TV dating show.
Are people who are distracted by attractive others more likely to cheat?
Do we prefer to stick with a partner or look for someone new?
What is behind the modern phenomenon of disappearing from a loved one's life without a trace, aka "ghosting"?
Romantic partners tend to look alike, but do we only match our lovers in attractiveness? New research suggests that couples may also look like they share personality traits.
Why do our partners sometimes show affection when they don't feel it?
Are men who hold traditional ideas of masculine honor more likely to respond aggressively to romantic rejection?
Sexual assault and other forms of sexual coercion may be associated with impulsivity. But are all impulsive men prone to coerce?
Students are taught to "just say no" to unwanted sex. But how do young people really navigate consent?
Science reveals one way to never forget a face: judge everyone on their attractiveness.
New research suggests that how we perceive the personality of our leaders is colored by our own politics.
Is adolescent bullying motivated by sexual desire?
New research suggests that our relationship quality is better if we empathize with our partner’s negative and positive feelings.
Why are some people more jealous than others? New research suggests that many of us have distinctly Freudian motives.
How do we decide to stay with or leave a partner we discover is cheating on us?
Do we tend to prefer partners who resemble our parents?
What do we assume about a woman wearing makeup? And do our preconceptions have any basis in fact?
Is your social media feed full of other people's babies? New research suggests that looking at baby photos can change our attitudes to marriage.
Do women who are attracted to men prefer a macho, masculine appearance? Or is a gentler, more feminine face the ideal?
Psychologists who study facial appearance judgments have been unsure what makes a face appear healthier: shape or skin color. Until now...
The limbal ring is a part of the eye most of us never consciously notice. But this darkened part of the iris may signal health and beauty.
Intelligent men are more likely to be married. But is this because a smart man is more alluring, or because brainboxes happen to possess other desirable qualities?
Two new studies investigate why women decide to undergo cosmetic surgery. How influential are partners and the culture we live in?
Do we end up with a partner who matches our ideal? Or do we shift our ideal to match the partner we’re with?
New research suggests we can tell whether someone has a history of infidelity just by listening to their voice.
How do men and women react when then discover their partner is cheating on them on Facebook?
Researchers have found that tennis professionals grunt differently when they win and lose. So, can we predict the winners at the 2017 US open by their grunts alone?
Why it’s easier to have a warm conversation with your partner about sex than about any other topic.
New research has identified what men and women think are the most effective tactics used by couples to reconcile after a conflict.
Robert Burriss, Ph.D., is an evolutionary psychologist at Basel University in Switzerland. He produces The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast.