Posts by Dr. Erina Lee, Senior Research Scientist

As a senior research scientist, Dr. Lee is responsible for the international relationships research. She is also involved in the support and advancement of the online research labs. Prior to joining eHarmony, Dr. Lee studied relationship functioning and outcomes, including maintenance behaviors in married couples as well as deception and emotional outcomes in dating relationships. In addition to her knowledge in the field of romantic relationships, Dr. Lee brings applicable research skills from her 6 years in the healthcare industry. Dr. Lee holds a doctorate in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

March 18, 2011

What Satisfied Couples Talk About, And Why You Should Care

If you could listen in on the private conversations of happy couples, what would you find? Researchers interested in finding out this answer recorded everyday conversations of ten satisfied couples over one week. The ten cohabiting and committed couples wore wireless microphones everyday they were home together. Researchers then coded two days of conversation for […]

April 16, 2010

How to Choose a Good Profile Picture

When you are engaged in online dating, the profile pictures you choose for your profile are important (as posted previously).  People rely on photos of potential partners to determine if there is physical attraction or if they want to start communication.  It is no surprise that there is pressure to put up a good picture.  […]

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January 20, 2010

Partner’s Picture Prevents Pain

Got a trip to the doctor’s office and worried about the pain from a shot?  Research out of UCLA offers this practical solution: bring a photo of your significant other.  A recent study published in Psychological Science highlighted that women who looked at pictures of their significant other while receiving moderate pain stimuli reported less […]

November 20, 2009

What’s New in Relationship Research: Stressed Out? High Cholesterol? Try Kissing!

Stressful situations can often increase cortisol – a hormone that is generally produced during times of stress and anxiety.  Chronic stress can also activate sympathetic nervous system reactions – the system that gets activated and causes the fight or flight response – which can lead to increases in blood pressure and higher cholesterol levels. To […]


Are the Best Wingmen Actually Women?

The pursuit of love may be more a cooperative team sport than a one-on-one pick-up game.  New research published in this month’s Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reveals that both sexes cooperate to achieve romantic goals—either to create barriers that potential suitors have to overcome, or by teaming up to circumvent (or downright break down) […]


What’s New in Relationship Research: Rebounding May be Good for the Brokenhearted

Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, new research shows that a rebound relationship—or even just the promise of one—might be helpful in alleviating the attachment to a former relationship. Are you the type that often has trouble “letting go” of a partner?  Do you wonder if you should just return to a failed relationship?  […]


Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder?

Absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder.  In fact, separation from a spouse or partner can often be very distressing.  Lisa Diamond and her colleagues explored what happens to your body and your mind when partners separate – even for a few days. In their study, researchers looked at 42 couples either married or […]


Cry Me a Reason: The Benefits Crying Has on Relationships

Inherently, many of us feel better after a good cry.  Shakespeare knew it, too: “To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”  Whether releasing a chemical build-up (which has been another focus of research on crying; see Parachin’s article outlined below) or simply blubbering out a dust particle, shedding tears seems to have […]


What’s New in Relationship Research

At eHarmony Labs, we’re always looking for interesting relationship research. A study on how divorce can affect one’s health caught our attention recently. See our take on it below and visit our Hot Science Blog to read our reviews on the latest in relationship science. Divorce and Health by Mid-life Recent sociological research from a […]