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Playing with the affections of the heart can be tricky on Valentine’s Day. Flickr/tanakawho

Dealing with love, romance and rejection on Valentine’s Day

Take care lovers, wherever you are, as Valentine’s Day is soon upon us. Whether you’re in a relationship or want to be in a relationship, research over a number of years shows that February 14 can be a…
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Why MOOCs will fail – they’re not dating sites

One of my Phd students is studying how parents make decisions about education for their children (you can participate in his survey here). We economists treat this as a problem of investment under uncertainty…
It’s a marital scene…. Optimal College Town Assessment

Town and gown relationships are like a marriage

As a family and marriage researcher, I have conducted a lot of research into what makes relationships work. I tend to think about relationships in terms of couples. When I was appointed the senior administrator…
The sex ratio in your community may affect what you’re looking for in a relationship. Hearts image via www.shutterstock.com.

Mating market theory: the math of one-night stands and long-term relationships

Popular wisdom and established evolutionary science hold that the sexes seek fundamentally different relationships: men want short-term, no-strings-attached relationships whereas women value longer-term…
It could happen to anyone – there’s no stereotype in the victims of online romance scams. Suus Wansink/Flickr

Love hurts: the costly reality of online romance fraud

Online dating and romance scams continue to lure in Australians with figures this week showing people have lost more than A$23 million this year alone, with average individual losses at A$21,000 – three…
Friendly or flirting? Science says you stink at telling the difference. Cafe image via www.shutterstock.com

A flirter’s dilemma: subtlety vs. success

Flirting comes in many forms: a casual gaze that lingers a half second longer than necessary, a light touch, an amorous expression, an overenthusiastic laugh during conversation, or even some playful or…
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews believes couples counselling will ultimately save Australia money. Lukas Coch/AAP

Cost of love: will subsidising couples counselling actually work?

Social services minister Kevin Andrews claims his A$20 million Stronger Relationships Trial will save the government money in the long run by reducing family breakdown. But will it work? The trial, which…
Celebrity couple Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced a split after 10 years of marriage. EPA/Britta Pedersen & Jose Coelho

The science of romance – can we predict a breakup?

Oscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin seemed to have the perfect marriage until their “conscious uncoupling” earlier this year. Was the split destined to happen? What…
Honey, this stress hurts me more than you. lightwavemedia

Good relationships keep you healthier for longer

Arguments with the people we are close to can have a serious impact on our health and mortality rate, a new study has confirmed. The link between having supportive friends and family and serious health…

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