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Testing a Transactional Model of Romantic Sensory Interactions in Male and Female Romantic Intimates

  • Anca M. Miron (a1), Lixin Jiang (a2), Kenneth Weisensel (a1), Megan S. Patterson (a1) and Fabiola Rizo (a1)...


We propose a transactional model of romantic sensory interactions, according to which male and female intimates adapt to the specific context of their romantic relationships by adopting different sensory domains of interactions with their partners. To test this model, we measured romantic couples’ orientations toward using sensory modalities of romantic relating, and the importance of these modalities (N = 137 couples). Although not all hypotheses were supported, the findings suggest that men's relationship satisfaction, passionate love, and liking were driven by a stronger orientation toward touch, whereas women's relationship satisfaction, passionate love, liking, and commitment were predicted by a stronger preference for hearing. Higher differential valuing of touch and bodily sensations predicted higher passionate love for both men and women, suggesting that these sensory modalities have similar functions for both genders — to maintain sexual desire and passionate love for the partner. These findings underscore the importance of romantic couples’ differential sensory orientations in maintaining satisfying relationships.


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ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Anca Miron, 800 Algoma Blvd., University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA. Email:


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Testing a Transactional Model of Romantic Sensory Interactions in Male and Female Romantic Intimates

  • Anca M. Miron (a1), Lixin Jiang (a2), Kenneth Weisensel (a1), Megan S. Patterson (a1) and Fabiola Rizo (a1)...


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