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Interdisciplinary Initiative talk on development and maintenance of romantic relationships

Tuesday, October 9th 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Event Description

The Illinois State University Interdisciplinary Research Group on Personal Relationships will present a research colloquium featuring Brian Ogolsky, Ph.D. from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, in 210 Moulton Hall. Ogolsky, an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present a talk titled, “The Development and Maintenance of Romantic Relationships: A Social Ecological Approach.”


In this talk, I will outline the individual, relational, and contextual factors that influence the ways people make commitment-related decisions. The beginning of the talk will focus on three studies that use an innovative graphing procedure to quantify changes in commitment to wed over time. Study 1 examines the accuracy or bias in memories of commitment-related events. Studies 2 and 3 identify and develop a typology of dating behavior. I will conclude by presenting some new findings from a study of the effects of legal policy on the lives of couples.

This speaker series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Initiative and the ISU Interdisciplinary Research Group on Personal Relationships, with assistance from the Departments/Schools of Psychology, Sociology-Anthropology, Communication, Family and Consumer Sciences, and from the College of Applied Science and Technology.

For special accommodations or questions, please contact Dr. Susan Sprecher at sprecher@ilstu.edu. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Department of Sociology & Anthropology
(309) 438-8668


Moulton Hall
105 S. School Street
Normal, IL