Let’s think about sex

Applying Social Cognition Concepts to Sexual Relationships

  • Tue 2 Feb 21

    09:00 - 10:00

  • Online

    Zoom (email for link)

  • Event speaker

    Dr Jessica Maxwell

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Giulia Poerio

Our close relationships are vital to our overall well-being, and the quality of our sexual relationships is an important component of a happy romantic relationship.

In this talk Dr Jessica Maxwell will illustrate the utility of applying social cognition concepts (including implicit theories, biased perceptions, and implicit evaluations) to understand how sex affects our relational, and overall well-being.

Specifically, Dr Maxwell introduces the Dual Process Sexual Evaluation Model to explain how positive sexual experiences may generate positive affect and lead to subsequent positive relationship evaluations, and the critical moderating role of motivational factors in this process. She will discuss factors that buffer normative declines in couple’s sexual relationships, and how individual differences shape the role sexual satisfaction plays in life satisfaction.

Overall, this talk will shed light on how the sexual aspect of couple’s relationships may contribute to couple’s well-being.


Dr Jessica Maxwell is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at University of Auckland.

How to attend

This seminar will be held on Zoom. To receive a Zoom link please email Dr Giulia Poerio (g.poerio@essex.ac.uk) or Dr Matteo Lisi (m.lisi@essex.ac.uk) with the date and title of the seminar you wish to attention.

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