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.
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