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Romantic Relationships at Oklahoma State Lab

Romantic relationships are among some of the most impactful social relationships we have during our lifetimes. We aim to advance theory on and generate novel insights into three broad relationship challenges that people face with romantic relationships:






How do people choose relationship partners?


How do people maintain
satisfying, long-term relationships?


How do people manage relationship stressors such as romantic rivals?


Vidhi Bansal (she/they) is a second-year graduate student and co-project manager for the OKState Marriage Project. Vidhi's research interests center on examining the intersectionality between attraction and romantic relationships, specifically looking at the role of perceived attractiveness in mate acquisition and retention. Additionally, they are interested in examining environmental mismatches, such as how psychological mechanisms involved in singlehood are mismatched to modern-day technology and media. In their free time, they enjoy watching tv, listening to music, or reading fiction books. 

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John Kim (he/his) is a first-year graduate student and co-project manager for the OKState Marriage Project. His current research focuses on human mating, the effects of ecological features (e.g., sex ratio and pathogen threat), and individual differences (e.g., personality). In his free time, he enjoys playing Nintendo games and watching YouTube videos.



Madison Meredith (she/her) is a senior Psychology student completing a minor in neuroscience. She is planning on applying to Neurobiology and/or Neurobehavioral Ph.D. programs in Fall 2023.


Madison is the "Lead Research Assistant" for the lab. In this role, she offers support and guidance for new lab members and has supervised numerous lab projects. Madison is currently the project coordinator for an ongoing ecological momentary assessment study.


Brittanie Cannon is a McNair scholar and a senior Psychology major with a minor in Pre-counseling. She is applying to counseling Ph.D. programs after completing her degree in Spring 2024. She hopes to become a certified mental health counselor who specializes in relationship therapy.


Brittanie is an undergraduate project manager for the OKState Marriage Project.


Taylor Deatherage is a sophomore studying Pre-Medical Psychology with plans to attend medical school in the future. 


Taylor is an undergraduate project manager for the OKState Marriage Project through the AURCA program.


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Lab Accolades

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