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Love in the Time of Science

What we're learning about the rules of attraction, from online dating to maintaing a healthy marriage

  • February 1, 2016

How to Be a Better Spouse

Being nice, paying attention and praising a partner’s strengths all pay off in a long-term relationship

March 1, 2015 — Sunny Sea Gold

How to Be a Better Listener

Check your assumptions, be curious, suspend judgment and know when you’ve had enough

September 1, 2015 — Sunny Sea Gold

Size Matters--for Heart Monitors

The same technological advances that shrank telephones miniaturized heart monitors, with far-reaching implications for heart health.

February 12, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and David Sherman MD

What Forms of Creativity Turn You On?

It’s no secret: creativity is sexy. People all over the world rank creativity as a highly desirable quality in a partner, and people who are creative across a variety of fields report more sexual partners (similar results have been found in specific fields such as visual art, music, and humor).

December 16, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Why Romantic Illusions Are a Good Thing

Scientists believe that idealizing one's partner can work as a self-fulfilling prophecy, where illusion eventually becomes reality. That is to say, people can help to create the partners they wish they had, by exaggerating their virtues and minimizing their faults in their own minds.

February 12, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Could Our Love of Dogs Obscure Their Most Important Parts?

Ask me about my childhood dog Brandy, and I hope you have at least an hour to spare. The story of how she came into my life (told here) is entertaining enough (and to hold your attention, I would play up the parts about the mother-daughter conflict that preceded visiting the shelter, as well as [...]

November 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Love, Hate...What's the Difference?

In honor of Valentines Day, Id like to take a quick look at one of the most fundamental human emotions hate. Wait, that doesnt seem right.

February 14, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum

How To Craft An Empirically-Supported Marriage

Many of you have likely noticed that I have been on an extended hiatus from blogging due to an especially crazy 2014, filled with lots of big events and life changes that have kept me exceptionally busy.

December 3, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Your Brain in Love

Cupid's arrows, laced with neurotransmitters, find their marks

February 1, 2011 — Mark Fischetti

Why Do We Love Chocolate?

Our love affair with chocolate is nothing new, but in recent years scientists have tried to uncover the source of our cocoa cravings. Scientific American editor Dina Fine Maron digs through the available evidence, looking for a morsel of truth.

February 12, 2014