I'm Paul Eastwick, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. I research the science of relationships and it's my job to overanalyze relationships so that you don't have to. AMA!
Hi Reddit, I'm back! Last year about this time I did an AMA and it was such a blast, I thought I'd do it again. I'll be here until 4pm PST answering as many questions as I can.
What are our ideals for what we want in a romantic partner, and whom do we select? The research might surprise you!
My research investigates how people initiate romantic relationships and the psychological mechanisms that help romantic partners to remain committed and attached. One segment of my research explores how the qualities that people say are critically important to them in a romantic partner—their ideal partner preferences — affect how they choose and retain a partner.
In addition to teaching General Psychology, and graduate and undergraduate courses on close relationships and evolutionary psychology. I run “The Attraction and Relationship Research Laboratory” at UC Davis. I'm currently working on a piece about evolutionary psychology but that's for another time.
**UPDATE @ 1:45pm PST 2/12/21** Wow! Thanks for all of the additional questions! I plan to come back and answer more of them after getting through this weekend."