Our Attraction to Partners Who Look Like Our Parents

Do we tend to prefer partners who resemble our parents?

What Does Makeup Say About You?

What do we assume about a woman wearing makeup? And do our preconceptions have any basis in fact?

Baby Photos Increase Desire for Marriage

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.

When Does a Woman Prefer a Feminine to a Masculine Man?

Do women who are attracted to men prefer a macho, masculine appearance? Or is a gentler, more feminine face the ideal?

What Makes a Healthy Face?

Psychologists who study facial appearance judgments have been unsure what makes a face appear healthier: shape or skin color. Until now...

The Eyes Have It: Limbal Rings and Attraction

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 More Likely to Marry and Stay Married

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?

Why Undergo Cosmetic Surgery?

Two new studies investigate why women decide to undergo cosmetic surgery. How influential are partners and the culture we live in?

Finding a Partner You Love, and Loving the Partner You Find

Do we end up with a partner who matches our ideal? Or do we shift our ideal to match the partner we’re with?

Why a Cheater's Voice Can Give Them Away

New research suggests we can tell whether someone has a history of infidelity just by listening to their voice.

Discovering Infidelity on Facebook

How do men and women react when then discover their partner is cheating on them on Facebook?

Do Tennis Players Who Grunt Have an Advantage?

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?

How Couples Resolve Disagreements About Sex

Why it’s easier to have a warm conversation with your partner about sex than about any other topic.

Make Up or Break Up? 5 Ways Couples Reconcile After a Fight

New research has identified what men and women think are the most effective tactics used by couples to reconcile after a conflict.

Does Testosterone Really Just Make Men Aggressive?

The conventional wisdom about testosterone is that it drives aggressiveness and competition. But new research reveals that social rank is also important.

A Face Fit for the Job

Research from Canada suggests that people who rise to the top of their organisations have distinctive faces that advertise traits rare among their peers.

Does Your Name Fit Your Face?

New research by psychologists from New Zealand suggests that there are negative social consequences if our name doesn't match our face.

Why Many People Find It So Hard to Be Affectionate

New research shows that low self-esteem can cause us to underestimate the benefits of showing affection and gratitude to our loved ones.

Do Women Prefer Partners Who Resemble Their Brothers?

New research suggests that there is a "family resemblance" between women's boyfriends and brothers.

Is Anyone Actually Having Threesomes?

Psychologists ask young adults whether they would be up for a spot of multi-partner sex. Let’s see what they found out.

Who Writes (and Reads) Sexually Explicit Fanfic?

Psychologists in Canada have investigated how and why we lust after sexy fan-created works of fiction.

Femme Fatale: Sexy Women Sway Men to Do Bad Things

Do sexy women send a man's moral compass haywire? New research shows that exposure to sexy images makes a man more likely to cheat, lie, and steal.

76 Reasons Why People Choose to Remain Single

Humans, like other animals, have evolved to spread our genes. Which begs the question: why does anyone stay single?

How Popular is Sexting Among Teens?

Researchers from Utah have returned to a high school after four years to track changes in the popularity of sending sexual images via smartphones.

Are Women More Attracted to Men With Tattoos?

Why do men get tattoos? New research suggests that getting 'inked' makes a man appear more healthy.

Military Training Changes Who We Find Attractive

Do you have a 'type'? Research shows that exposure to a tough environment, such as an army boot camp, can change your type -- altering the kinds of faces you are most attracted to.

Love at First Sniff?

Humans are a predominantly visual species, but we also use our noses to sniff out prospective mates.

How Testosterone Affects What Men Find Attractive

Testosterone, the male hormone, has well-known effects on muscle growth and competitiveness. But can it also affect how men perceive women's faces?

Politics From the Polling Booth to the Bedroom

Is our preferred political party linked to our sexual behaviour? New research suggests that certain sexual acts are associated with right/left political ideology.

How Pornography Really Affects Relationships

Two new studies go beyond the simple assumption that pornography is bad for relationships.