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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 30, 2017
Erica Boothby, a member of our lab and the lead author on a recent Journal of Personality and Social Psychology article  (Boothby, Clark & Bargh, JPSP, 2016) on people...
April 29, 2017
A new paper to be published in Cogntion and Emotion (Von Culin, Hirsch & Clark, 2017) addresses the question of to whom people express emotion.  In two studies,...
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. ...