Notable Findings: The two factors that are most predictive of the growth of love in arranged marriages are:  commitment and sacrifice. After communication skills, "knowledge of partner" is the next most important predictor of relationship satisfaction.


Recent Publications

Epstein, R., Robertson, R. E., Smith, R., Vasconcellos, T., & Lao, M. (2016). Which relationship skills count most? A large-scale follow-up study. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.

Epstein, R. (2015, March/April). Head vs. heart: A review of Berit Brogaard’s On Romantic Love: Simple Truths About a Complex EmotionScientific American Mind, p. 74.

Epstein, R.  How Walt Disney ruined our love lives.  (2014, Summer).  Brandeis Magazine.

Epstein, R., Pandit, M., & Thakar, M.  (2013).  How love emerges in arranged marriage: Two cross-cultural studies. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 43, 341-360.

Epstein, R. (2013, April 7). Age difference and marriage legitimacy [Letter].  Los Angeles Times, p. A25.

Epstein, R., Warfel, R., Johnson, J., Smith, R., & McKinney, P. (2013). Which relationship skills 
count most? Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 12, 297-313.

Epstein, R. (2012, October). Sex and the society. Discover, pp. 56-58.

Epstein, R. (2010, March 13). Keeping love alive: Scientific American does its part.

Epstein, R. (2010, January/February). How science can help you fall in love. Scientific American Mind, pp. 26-33. (Cover story)

Epstein, R. (2009, April 18). Locking of eyes the key to success [Letter]. San Diego Union-Tribune,
 p. B7.

Epstein, R. (2008, December 4). Limits of “marriage.” Los Angeles Times,  p. A27. (Reprinted in other periodicals under various titles)

Epstein, R. (2008, October). Can you learn to love anyone? [Q&A] Psychologies, pp. 86-87, 89, 91.


Recent Presentations

Reid, C., McKinney, P., & Epstein, R.  (2015, April).  A vulnerability theory of emotional bonding: Preliminary experimental support for a new quantitative theory. Paper presented at the 95th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Epstein, R., Robertson, R.E., Smith, R., & Vasconcellos, T.  (2014, April). Which relationship skills count most?  A large-scale follow-up study.  Paper presented at the 94th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, Oregon.

Epstein, R. (2012, January). Taking control of your love life: A scientific approach. Colloquium given at Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Thakar, M., & Epstein, R. (2011, November). How love emerges in arranged marriages: A cross-cultural follow-up study. Paper presented at the 73rd annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Epstein, R., & Smith, R. (2011, April). Which relationship skills count most? Measuring and ranking relationship competencies. Paper presented at the 91st annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Epstein, R. (2010, October). Time to learn how to be successful in your love lifeInvited talk given at the annual California Governor & First Lady’s Conference on Women, Long Beach, CA.

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