Personal Relationships

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Why is he bringing her flowers and why does she look so suspicious? Could he have some 'splaining to do?

Infidelity is a surprisingly common event in dating relationships and can have severe and longstanding consequences for those involved. Dr. Sarah J. Watkins and Rowan Sciban (MSc) conducted a pilot study examining what behaviours people believe constitute infidelity. Building from there, for her dissertation Sarah went on to study people's expectations for infidelity (do we expect our partners to cheat on us?). Two manuscripts have been published thus far based on the results of these studies, which have also been featured in posts on Science of Relationships (see Everybody Else is Cheating, Right? Not Necessarily and Not in My Backyard: Daters Presume A Lot of People, Except Their Own Partners, Cheat).