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Ellen Berscheid

Ellen Berscheid

My theoretical and empirical work is primarily in the domain of close interpersonal relationships. I am particularly interested in problems associated with relationship satisfaction and stability, relationship cognition, and emotional experiences within relationships, especially love and sexual desire. With respect to the latter, we currently are developing instruments to allow an affective profile of a relationship to be constructed in order to test hypotheses about changes in this profile over the life-span of the relationship.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Berscheid, E. (2006). Notes on the social psychological study of love. Impulse, 60, 5-13.
  • Berscheid, E. (1999). The greening of relationship science. American Psychologist, 54, 260-266.
  • Reis, H. T., Collins, W. A., & Berscheid, E. (2000). The relationship context of human behavior and development. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 844-872.

Other Publications:

  • Berscheid, E. (2006). Searching for the meaning of "love." In R. J. Sternberg & K. Weis (Eds.), The psychology of love (2nd ed., pp. 171-183). New Haven,CT: Yale University Press.
  • Berscheid, E. (2006). Seasons of the heart. In M. Mikulincer & P. Shaver (Eds.), Dynamics of romantic love: Attachment, caregiving, and sex (pp. 404-422). New York: Guilford.
  • Berscheid, E. (2006). The changing reasons for marriage and divorce. In Fine, M. A., & Harvey, J. (Eds.), The handbook of divorce and dissolution of romantic relationships (pp. 613-618). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Berscheid, E. (2002). On stepping on land mines. In Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.), Psychologists defying the crowd: Stories of those who battled the establishment and won (pp. 32-45). Washington,DC: APA Books.
  • Berscheid, E. (2002). Relationships with others: The human's greatest strength. In L. G. Aspinwall & U. M. Staudinger (Eds.), A psychology of human strengths: Perspectives on an emerging field. Washington, DC: APA Books.
  • Berscheid, E. (1994). Interpersonal relationships. In L. W. Porter & M. R. Rosenzweig (Eds.), Annual review of psychology (pp. 79-129). Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews.
  • Berscheid, E., & Kelley, H. H. (2002). Introduction to the Percheron Press edition. In H. H. Kelley, E. Berscheid, A. Christensen, J. H. Harvey, T. L. Huston, G. Levinger, E. McClintock, L. A. Peplau, & D. R. Peterson, Close relationships (pp. vii-xxvi). Clinton Corners, NY: Percheron. (Original work published 1983).
  • Berscheid, E., & Reis, H. T. (1998). Attraction and close relationships. In D. T. Gilbert, S. T. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), The handbook of social psychology (4th ed., pp. 193-281). New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Berscheid, E., Snyder, M., & Omoto, A. (2004). Measuring closeness: The Relationship Closeness Inventory (RCI) revisited. In D. J. Mashek & A. Aron (Eds.), The handbook of closeness and intimacy (pp. 81-101). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Courses Taught:

Ellen Berscheid
Department of Psychology
University of Minnesota
75 East River Road
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
United States of America

  • Phone: (612) 625-6641
  • Fax: (612) 626-2079

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