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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 180
Title: How and Why Do Close Relationships Shape Human Behavior?
Lead Author: Aron, Arthur
Abstract: Human close interpersonal relationships have been convincingly demonstrated to have very large (often the largest effects of any variables studied) on virtually all aspects of life, including well-being, health, and diverse social phenomena ranging from crime and prejudice to workplace productivity and education. Findings are also clear and compelling that virtually all aspects of individual experience (e.g., emotion, cognition) that shape behavior are created or molded by relationships. Research, especially in the last 25 years, in a variety of disciplines and using widely diverse methods, has made tremendous progress in identifying the underlying mechanisms behind these various effects, and in formulating theoretical models about their operation. However, the central importance of relationships for all facets of human life (including for understanding basic behavioral processes), and the demonstrated ability of scientists to study these phenomena systematically, precisely, and successfully, has only begun to be appreciated in the various major disciplines. Nevertheless, it is now clear that the scientific study of close relationships to date has laid the groundwork for the social and behavioral sciences to make enormous, unprecedented advances in both basic knowledge of human behavior and the application of that knowledge to the most significant social issues facing humankind.
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