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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 differences in motivation to experience discrete positive emotions may give rise to different adult attachment styles.

News and Recent Research

July 25, 2016
In two recent studies we examined people’s judgments of their romantic partners’ recent emotions.  In both studies these judgments were about equally influenced by...
October 1, 2014
Merely engaging in the same experience at the same time as another person, without communicating, amplifies that experience. When shared with someone else, good experiences...