From how relationships affect our health to the psychology of an awkward party moment to why we often choose ignorance over information a guide to some talks with new research in personality and social psychology at the APA Convention in Orlando, Aug. 2-5, 2012 ...
Costs of forgiveness in marriage
It is not always best to forgive and forget in marriage, according to new research that looks at the costs of forgiveness. Sometimes expressing anger might be necessary to resolve a relationship problem with the short-term discomfort of anger benefiting the health of the relationship in the long-term. The research is part of a larger effort to go beyond positive psychological processes to better understand the contexts in which some relationships succeed and others fail.
Speaker: James K. McNulty (mcnulty[at]psy.fsu.edu), Florida State University
Thurs., Aug. 2, 2012, 11:00-11:50 a.m., Room W311C Invited Address Beyond Positive Psychology?
How attachment in relationships affects our health
Social psychologists have known for decades that close relationships are critical to a person's health and well-being. However, the exact processes that govern these health effects have not been well understood. Recent studies show that the attachment processes between two individuals in a close relationship dramatically affect health domains ranging from pregnancy and birth defects to cancer and chronic disease. One longitudinal study of 225 newlywed couples, for example, is finding that the way people feel attached to each other affects cortisol levels in response to stress and can possibly predict depression or anxiety over time.
Speaker: Paula Pietromonaco (monaco[at]psych.umass.edu), University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Thurs., Aug. 2, 2012, 1:00-1:50 p.m., Room W307A Invited Address Attachment Processes and Emotion Regulation in Adult Relationships
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