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Martin Graff

About the speaker

Dr Martin Graff is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of South Wales.  He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist.  He has carried out research in the areas of cognitive processes in web-based learning, individual differences in website navigation, online interaction and the formation and dissolution of romantic relationships online and offline. Dr Graff has written over 50 scientific articles, presented his work at numerous International Conferences and has served as a member of the British Psychological Society Education Committee.  He also writes for Psychology Today magazine and speaks regularly at events in the UK and Internationally.

This talk will look at five steps involved in online dating, right up to eventually meeting face-to-face.  It will look at issues such as which website to use, constructing an online dating profile, and how and what to say in sending a message before meeting.  It will also examine ‘relationship scripts’ used in romantic attraction for example what our eyes, faces, body orientation and gestures indicate.  This talk will also provide some insights into the psychology behind the types of ‘opening lines’ people use in attempted courtship and flirtation.  It concludes by assessing what can happen when we meet face to face for the first time.