Eric is a PhD student in the Social and Personality Psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Amy Muise. His previous research has explored an online speed dating paradigm and the role of personal and relational self-expansion in couples that have recently relocated. More recently, he has explored the role of trait charisma in the maintenance of sexual and relationship quality in established relationships.
Broadly, Eric’s research interests include processes involved in the initiation of romantic relationships and ways in which couples can maintain their relationship and sexual satisfaction over time. Aside from research, Eric enjoys bouldering, boardgames, cycling, volleyball, and hiking.
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PhD in Social & Personality Psychology, In Progress
MA in Social & Personality Psychology, 2021
HBSc, Specialist in Psychology, Major in Biology, 2018
University of Toronto
Sexuality is a key predictor of relationship satisfaction, but sexual desire and satisfaction can decrease over time. Past work has found certain aspects of personality can determine who can better maintain their levels of desire and sexual satisfaction over time, but findings have been mixed. Charisma is a promising, yet unexplored, trait that could be associated with higher sexual desire and satisfaction. Across two studies we find that through higher sexual communal strength charismatic people report higher sexual desire and satisfaction, and this allowed for higher sexual desire in partners of charismatic people. The effects largely remained controlling for the Big Five and general communal strength. These findings provide initial evidence that charismatic people are more responsive to their partner’s needs, which is linked to higher desire and sexual satisfaction in established romantic relationships.