Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Science for Valentines Day

Colorado State University: In time for Valentine's Day: Your questions about love, sex, relationships answered by scientists
There's a science to sex, love and relationships, according to a new book published by a CSU psychology professor and her colleagues.
February 13, 2012
Relationship books are dime a dozen, but very few are written from the perspective of researchers using science to answer pressing questions, says Jennifer Harman, an assistant professor of applied social psychology at Colorado State.

Harman was one of 15 university researchers nationwide who wrote chapters of The Science of Relationships: Answers to Your Questions about Dating, Marriage and Family, which is available on Amazon.
The Science of Relationships is based on science unlike most relationship and self-help books, which are opinion-based and written by clinicians, Harman said. In this recently released book, scientists address 40 of the most common questions on such topics as attraction and relationship initiation, love, intimacy and attachment, long-term relationship processes, the dark side of relationships, sex and parenting.
The Science of Relationships is not just a book, it's an entire website devoted to the subject, including an extensive list of recent articles. Since it's Valentines Day, the page has lots of great links, such as the video I embedded at the started of this entry, articles, and images, including the XKCD cartoon I used above. I highly recommend that you readers take a look.

Above based on a link and excerpt originally posted as part of Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday on Daily Kos.

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