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Tim Cole

Tim Cole received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his MA and PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Publications and Research

His work has been published in Communication Theory, The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and The Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

Areas of interest and specialization

Deceptive communication, romantic relationships, attachment and relational communication

Professional Organizations

International Association for Relationship Research

Journal Articles, Academic Journal

  • “Non-zero-sum collaboration, reciprocity, and the preference for similarity: Developing an adaptive model of close relational functioning”. Personal Relationships, 11, 135–160. (2004)
  • “Lying to the one you love: The use of deception in romantic relationships”. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 18, 107–129. (2001)



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