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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.

News

June 16, 2017
In a new paper (Clark, Armentano, Boothby & Hirsch, 2017, in press) in Current Opinion in Psychology we discuss how being in a communal relationship (or not) shapes a...
June 15, 2017
The results of several studies reported  in a new paper just accepted for publication in Cognition and Emotion (Aragon & Clark, 2017), reveal that the way in which a...
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...