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How Much Does the Menstrual Cycle Affect Emotional Life?

Around 1.6 billion women of fertile age currently have an ongoing menstrual cycle, and a larger group of women will experience or have already experienced this. Everyone probably knows a fertile woman in some way. Despite this, general knowledge about how the menstrual cycle affects women emotionally is scarce. At the same time, there are beliefs and... / more

From Derogation to Reclamation: How Does Language Change?

Derogatory labels are offensive words that can be reclaimed by a stigmatized group; however, the process of reclaiming can carry risks.  ... / more

A Primer on Porn and Relationships

A Primer on Porn and Relationships

  The ease of access to pornography via the Internet has sparked a renewed interest in the effects of porn on consumers, with much of the public debate on the topic... / more

The Sex Tips You Won’t See In Magazines: Science-backed ways to stay sexually satisfied in long-term relationships

Women should insert jade eggs into their vaginas to increase the chance of orgasm(1). Don’t believe in sexual soulmates(2).... / more


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The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty has been called a lot of things, from a “game changer” and “a breath of fresh air”, to “hypocritical”, “sexist”, and “sneaky”. So why has the campaign, whose major innovation was to use ads that featured real women rather than airbrushed models or celebrity spokespersons, sparked so much controversy? Taking... / more

That human touch that means so much: Exploring the tactile dimension of social life

Interpersonal touch is a fundamental but undervalued aspect of human nature. In the present article, the authors review psychological research showing that even fleeting forms of touch may have a powerful impact on our emotional and social functioning. Given its... / more

Intergroup Contact Theory: Past, Present, and Future

"Colored" drinking fountain (Oklahoma, 1939) - Wikimedia Commons

In the midst of racial segregation in the U.S.A and the ‘Jim Crow Laws’, Gordon Allport (1954) proposed one of the most important social psychological events of... / more

No strings attached: Are “friends with benefits” as complicated in real life as they are in the movies?

Many people become “friends with benefits” to avoid drama and to have sex without getting tied up in emotions; however, the reality is that having a friend with benefits often becomes complicated. Why is that, and is there anything you can do to avoid these complexities? In... / more

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Why a New Popular Press Psychology Book Refrains from Giving Advice

During this pandemic winter, many of us will be away from the people we love most. The absence of the physical presence of... / more

How to bring the gezelligheid this pandemic winter into your home

One of the things we will miss possibly the most this pandemic winter in the Northern Hemisphere is ... / more

Interview with Academics for Black Survival and Wellness

"Academics cannot stay silent about anti-Black racism, nor can they remain silent in the face of racial violence... / more