Juliana French is a social psychologist by training. Broadly, her program of research examines factors that influence how relationships begin, develop, and dissolve. She is especially interested in the implications of environmental mismatches for people's relationships; for example, how do modern novelties—such as hormonal contraceptives or the vast pool of easily accessible potential partners—impact partner selection, intrasexual competition, and long-term relationship maintenance?

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