"First dates can sometimes almost be like another interview session," she says.To some students, it can seem as if relationships aren't worth the time and effort — and research does support the idea that they can be costly, particularly in terms of narrowing your social circle.How do you recognize real love amidst the multitude of other things that go hand in hand with it: infatuation, lust, desperation, attraction, hate?How do you know if the person you are going out with is the person you should spend the rest of your life with? Rachel Gardner and André Adefope look at God's guidelines for romance." Rather than answering the question directly, Tabak gives a generic description of his work, saying his research is more about the cognitive processes behind first impressions, and then he quickly changes the subject.University of Cincinnati clinical psychology graduate student Jenessa Price also finds herself hesitant to divulge much about her psychology training early in a relationship."I decided to pursue my gut feeling and it turned out I was right," Tabak says.
"Those skills can give you some important insights into a relationship," Price says.
He found that while people typically score above chance in correctly detecting sexual orientation after viewing a photo of someone's face for less than 50 milliseconds, we're still wrong a lot of the time.
So, when Tabak's friends all thought his new love interest was straight, he wasn't deterred from asking the guy out.
"There's always going to be more work you can do as a graduate student," Tabak says.
Fast I made a difficult decision a year ago: I stopped dating.