Eli Finkel — author of the bestselling book The All-Or-Nothing Marriage — is a professor at Northwestern University, where he has appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management and holds the Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professorship. In his role as director of Northwestern’s Relationships and Motivation Lab (RAMLAB), he has published 130+ scientific papers and is a regular contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. The Economist has identified him as "one of the leading lights in the realm of relationship psychology."
1. Initial Romantic Attraction: What predicts interpersonal attraction? Do people really know what characteristics they desire in a romantic partner? How do dating innovations like speed-dating and online dating influence the romantic initiation process?
2. Interpersonal Conflict: When do people forgive transgressions? What are the consequences of forgiving? When does conflict escalate to the point of violence? Can we intervene to ameliorate the adverse effects of conflict in marriage?
3. Self-Control: When and how do interpersonal processes bring out the best vs. the worst in us? What types of social interaction cause us to feel energized versus exhausted? How do self-control processes influence relationship functioning and eating behavior?
For a full list of publications, see Finkel's website. Here's a sampling of recent publications.