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SFU experts on Valentine's Day

February 13, 2020

Lara Aknin, Department of Psychology, 778.782.9563,
Yuthika Girme, Department of Psychology, 778.782.4701,
Carman Neustaedter, School of Interactive Arts & Technology,
Braden McMillan, Communications & Marketing, 778.782.3210,

Simon Fraser University experts are available to speak to topics such as gift-giving, long-distance relationships, and more leading up to Valentine’s Day:

Psychology professor Lara Aknin is available to speak on gift-giving and receiving, including impacts, perceptions, motivations, and ultimately the role gifts play in dating and relationships.

Lara Aknin, 
Department of Psychology, 778.782.9563,

Yuthika Girme is the director of the psychology department’s Supporting Relationships and Wellbeing Lab (REWE). The lab looks at the role of relationships in the psychological and physiological well-being of singles and couples. Girme can speak to romantic relationships, what attracts people to partners, attachment, intimacy, jealousy, infidelity, and well… divorce and couples therapy.

Yuthika Girme
, Department of Psychology, 778.782.4701,

Carman Neustaedter is the director of SFU’s Connections Lab, a research group in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT). The lab focuses on the design and use of technologies that support everyday life. Recently, researchers studied a long distance couple who use a telepresence robot that interacts with voice assisted/smart devices in the home, e.g., Google Home, Alexa. This allows a partner who is away from home to connect with their partner at home, and control things like light switches and cooking pots. 

Carman Neustaedter, School of Interactive Arts & Technology,

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