The Department of Psychology
THE SOCIAL RELATIONS LAB
Established in the Fall of 1996 by Dr. Pamela Regan, the Social Relations Lab is one of the newest of the Psychology Department's research laboratories. Faculty and students associated with the Lab conduct basic and applied research in the areas of interpersonal attraction, human sexuality, and close relationships. Current projects include research on the nature of romantic love (e.g., the cognitive prototype of requited and unrequited romantic love); the association between sexual desire and romantic love (e.g., the perceived consequences of sexual desire for romantic relationships); interpersonal sexual dynamics (including sexual miscommunication, harassment, and assault); mate selection (e.g., partner preferences as a function of relationship context, sex, and mate value); and the physical attractiveness stereotype (e.g., the influence of target gender and body weight on perceptions of sexuality). In addition, the Social Relations Lab maintains collaborative connections with social scientists and statisticians at several institutions in the U.S. and England.