Are we still jealous? Infidelity in the age of social media

When men and women find social media messages indicating that their partner has been cheating on them, they show the same type of jealousy behaviour as finding offline evidence that their partner has been unfaithful. This is according to Michael Dunn and Gemma Billett of Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK, who investigated how...

Brief interactions spur lasting waves of gene activity in the brain

A five-minute encounter with an outsider spurs a cascade of changes in gene activity in the brain that can last for hours, researchers report in a study of stickleback fish. The research, described in the journal PLOS Genetics, is one of three recent studies -- the others conducted in honey bees and mice -- to see...

Psychologists say our ‘attachment style’ applies to social networks like Facebook

A new investigation appearing this week in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletinsuggests a strong association between a person's attachment style -- how avoidant or anxious people are in their close relationships -- and their perception and management of social networks like Facebook. "Attachment style, thought to play a central role in romantic and parent-child relationships,...

Fertility treatment does not increase the risk of divorce

Despite repeated claims that the disappointments of infertility and stress of treatment can put intolerable strain on relationships, a large nationwide study involving more than 40,000 women has found that fertility treatment does not increase the risk of divorce. "Our results will be reassuring for couples who have had or are contemplating IVF," said investigator...

‘Sexism’ in sexual assault research, but this time men are the target

Sexism is alive and well in sexual assault research, but this time men are the target. A new study conducted by researchers at Florida Atlantic University and Sam Houston State University debunks a long-standing theory that sexual assault isn't as emotionally traumatizing for men as it is for women and that it doesn't result...