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The Clark Relationship Science Laboratory, directed by Dr. Margaret S. Clark, conducts research on how romantic relationships and friendships unfold over time and the reciprocal influences between such relationships and cognition, emotion, behavior, and personality. 

Recent research in the Clark Relationship Science Laboratory has investigated how expressing negative emotions can promote relationships, how optimal relationship-maintenance behaviors change over the course of a relationship, and how merely being with a familiar person (in the absence of any overt interaction) can amplify a person’s reaction to pleasant and unpleasant stimuli.


April 1, 2017
We’ve just had a paper entitled “The world looks better together: How close others enhance our visual experiences” accepted for publication in Personal Relationships. ...
April 1, 2017
Initiating close relationships is not simple. We’ve set forth a new theory of relationship initiation (applicable to initiating both friendships and romantic relationships)...
December 16, 2016
We have just published a a series of studies in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showing that people (incorrectly) believe that they observe others more than...