Interpersonal Interaction Lab


The Interpersonal Interaction Lab focuses on communication in a number of close relationship types, such as in romantic relationships, friendships, and family relationships. Studies conducted in the lab cover a range of topics, such as conflict communication, communication after sexual activity, physiological stress responses to couples’ conversations, and reciprocity of affect and disclosure. The lab also has a “wet lab” area where physiological samples can be collected through saliva or blood collection.

  • couple talking


Shardé Davis, Assistant Professor
Amanda Denes, Assistant Professor
C. Arthur VanLear, Associate Professor

Margaret Bennett, Ph.D. student
Anuraj Dhillon, Ph.D. student
Kara Winkler, Ph.D. student
Ambyre Ponivas, Ph.D. student


Denes, A., Lannutti, P.J., & Bevan, J. (in press). Same-sex infidelity in heterosexual relationships: Communicative responses, jealousy-related emotions, and relational outcomes. Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2015.1068432

Denes, A. (2015). Genetic and individual influences on predictors of disclosure: Exploring variation in the oxytocin receptor gene and attachment security. Communication Monographs, 82(1), 113-133. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2014.993544

Denes, A., & Afifi, T.D. (2014). Pillow talk and cognitive decision making processes: Exploring the role of orgasm and alcohol on communication after sexual activity. Communication Monographs, 81(3), 333-358. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2014.926377

Denes, A., & Afifi, T.D. (2014). Coming out again: Exploring GLBQ individuals’ communication with their parents after the first coming out. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 10, 298-325. doi: 10.1080/1550428X.2013.838150

Denes, A. (2013). Engaging pillow talk: The challenges of studying communication after sexual activity. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2495-2506.

Denes, A. (2012). Pillow talk: Exploring disclosures after sexual activity. Western Journal of Communication, 76(2), 91-108. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2011.651253

Denes, A. (2011). Biology as consent: Problematizing the scientific approach to seducing women’s bodies. Women’s Studies International Forum, 34, 411-419. doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2011.05.002