Conversations in Science Series
A program conceived and organized by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with the collaboration of the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Edgewood Sonderegger Science Center.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Sonderegger Science Center (For Parking Info click here)
1000 Edgewood College Drive Madison, Wisconsin

John DeLamater
Department of Sociology

The Science of Love

The Conversations in Science series brings together UW-Madison science researchers and Dane County science teachers. Designed to stimulate discussion between scientists and science educators at all levels, these conversations connect high-, middle-, and elementary school classrooms with the University's cutting-edge research. Questions and ideas are freely exchanged between expert and an audience of K-12 educators.

Believe it or not, there is a science of love. Thanks to 40 years worth of research, we have theories, research methods, and a lot of empirical data about intimate, romantic relationships. I will provide an overview of each of these aspects of the "science" of love.


John DeLamater earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan in 1969. He has been a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty since then. Areas of interest include social psychology, human sexuality, gender, and life-course influences on gender and sexuality. His research interests include sexuality across the life course, intimate relationships, health promotion, and survey research methodology. His recent research is focused on sexual desire and sexual behavior in later life. He is an award-winning teacher, and the co-author of two undergraduate textbooks: Hyde, Janet S., and John DeLamater. 2006. Understanding Human Sexuality (9th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. DeLamater, John, and Daniel Myers. 2007. Social Psychology (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.


1. The sociology of sexuality. In 21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook, Clifton Bryant and Dennis L. Peck (Eds.), Sage Publications, 2006.
2. Conceptual and theoretical issues in studying sexuality in close relationships. In John Harvey, Amy Wenzel, and Susan Sprecher, (Eds.), The Handbook of Sexuality in Close Relationships, Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 2004, 7-30.

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