PSYC 325: Theory & Research in Dyadic Processes

PLEASE NOTE: this info is for the fall 2013 section of this course. This page and the syllabus for fall 2014 will be updated by the end of August, 2014. The general structure of the course will be similar, but some readings will change.

This course is designed as an overview to the field of close relationships. The major theories of close relationships will be emphasized, including examinations of evolutionary, attachment, interdependence, and cognitive approaches. In addition, research related to topics such as attraction, relationship development and maintenance, relationships and health, infidelity, violence in intimate relationships, and jealousy will be explored, with methodological concerns discussed within the context of each topic.

Class Meets: Sharpless 410, MW 2:30-4:00pm

Office Hours: Mondays 4:15-5pm; Tuesdays 3-4pm, Fridays 11:30am-noon; and by appointment

Readings: Buss, D. M. (2003). The evolution of desire: Strategies of human mating. New York: Basic. (please note that using this link to purchase this book supports

In the schedule below "Buss Chapter #" refer to chapters in the Buss book. Other author(s) (+year) refer to readings available online (details on how to access these readings is provided in the course syllabus, as is a complete listing of all readings in APA style). Open the readings by clicking on the names/years in the schedule below, or download all the course readings for the whole semester as a 48.2MB .zip file.

>> click here to see the schedule as a google document in its own window.


Discussion Questions
(Remember that these should be submitted by noon on the Sunday prior to that week.) 

 Article Presentation Schedule

  • 9/11: Attraction - Emma B.
  • 9/16: Evolutionary theory and close relationships - Noemi A.
  • 9/18: Evolutionary theory and close relationships - Jackie H.
  • 9/23: Attachment theory - Kate C.
  • 9/25: Attachment theory - Despina P.
  • 9/30: Interdependence theory - none
  • 10/2: The investment model - Christine H.
  • 10/7: Self-expansion theory - Sydney C.
  • 10/23: Support in relationships - Victoria P.
  • 10/30: Social Networks - Rachel C.
  • 10/30: Social Networks - Kostya V.
  • 10/30: Social Networks - Susu Z.
  • 11/4: Sex - Summer H.
  • 11/6: Sex - Jancy M.
  • 11/11: Infidelity - Rosie S.
  • 11/11: Infidelity - Dayle C.
  • 11/13: Jealousy - Zhengxiao Y.
  • 11/18: Violence in relationships - Sofia-Bella G.