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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.


June 30, 2018
A recent series of studies to be published in Psychological Science  (Boothby, Cooney, Sandstrom & Clark) shows that following conversations with new people, participants...
June 30, 2018
Many studies have shown that people inflate perceptions of themselves.  On average, people think they are better than average, people exaggerate the amount of the household...
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...