June 2013 – DrZhana

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  • What Do Women Regret More: Career or Family?

    Regret is not a pleasant emotion. In fact, it’s a pretty detrimental emotion that has been linked to all sorts of negative well-being outcomes: lower life satisfaction and self-esteem, higher depression and emotional distress, and worse physical health, to name a few. Yet, it’s impossible to do everything we want to do and not do anything we don’t want to do in life. Most of us will have some regrets about something in life. Family- and career- related regrets are among the most common ones people report. For women, in particular, finding the right balance between the two can be

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  • Sex Science News: From Academic Journals to the Media

    As anyone checking my Twitter or Facebook in the past week knows, one of my research studies got picked up by the media. It was my first time something like that happened, and, boy, that was quite the ride. I got to experience the excitement of getting my name and research out there, but also the frustration at (some) journalists misreporting the science. Now that it is (mostly) over, I want to document my experience with this process: How does a scientific study make it from the academic journal in which it was published to the mainstream media, and what

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  • Sex Research: Doing More Good Than Harm

    Anyone who’s tried to do sex research in the US knows how difficult it is to get your study approved by the IRB (Institutional Review Board) – the research police imbued with the power of granting or withholding permission for all social science. IRBs all across the country regularly freak out when they see a study about sex, even those that require nothing more than answering a few sex questions in an anonymous survey. You all know how scary and traumatizing voluntarily talking about sex can be. And when the studies are a bit more involved, their reactions go bat-shit

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  • Who’s More Distracted During Sex: Straights or Gays?

    Think about having sex. Now think about what you like to think about while you’re having sex. Am I gonna get an STI? Do I look fat? Is this immoral? When is that conference paper due, again? Is this weird-looking thing that I’m sucking on her clit? These are probably not the thoughts you want to be thinking, right? Yet such cognitive distractions can and do happen to all of us at some point during sex. And when they do, unsurprisingly, they negatively affect sexual functioning and satisfaction. So who is more distracted, men or women, gays or straights, and

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What #personality traits predict interest in #consensualnonmonogamy (#CNM)? A new study with a sample of about 100 #LGB people (67% women; 55% in a #monogamous #relationship) identifies two #bigfive factors in particular: openness to experience (appreciation for variety of experience), and #conscientiousness (tendency for self-discipline). Specifically, openness to experience predicts positive attitudes and greater desire to engage in CNM; conscientiousness predicts negative attitudes and less willingness. The takeaway? The practice of #nonmonogamy is common among #bisexual, #lesbian, and #gay individuals, and can be partly explained by personality antecedents.
#relationshipresearch #legitsexscience #sexscience #sexresearch #sexsciencenews
Link to study: ow.ly/IUBr30fSrz7
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