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New Study of Polyamorous Relationships – Ryan Witherspoon



Ryan Witherspoon, a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student at the California School of Professional Psychology, is conducting research on polyamorous relationships. Please consider participating. 



Participate in a survey about polyamorous relationships!

If you are in a polyamorous or other type of consensually non-monogamous, where all parties involved understand and agree that complete monogamy is not required, then you know how important it is that people understand what these relationships are and how they work.

My name is Ryan Witherspoon and I am a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  I am conducting a dissertation research project investigating these kinds of relationships.  Specifically, I’m looking at hidden sources of strength and resilience against challenges that polyamory and other types of consensual non-monogamy may feature.

Are you a US resident, over 18, and currently in one or more polyamorous or consensually non-monogamous relationship(s)?  Do you want to help contribute to scientific understanding of these important lifestyles and practices?  Please click the link below to participate in this ground-breaking study!

All responses are anonymous and completely confidential.  The survey will only take about 20 minutes to complete, but your contribution to expanding knowledge and tolerance of these modern relationships will be priceless!

Access the brief survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNMstudy

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns!

Sincerely Yours,
Ryan G. Witherspoon, MA


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Dr. Eli Sheff Two Presentations at DragonCon in Atlanta This Weekend

imgres.jpgI will be giving two presentations this year at the fabulous DragonCon this year. On Friday September 2 at 1pm I will present Multiple Partner Marriage After Same Sex Marriage for the Skeptic Track, and on Saturday September 3 I will present The Polyamorists Next Door for the Science Track at 5:30pm. I hope to see you there!!!!



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First meeting of the Atlanta Social Science Tavern — Polyamory Double Whammy at Manuel’s Tavern on 6/5/14 at 7pm

Inaugural Social Science Tavern: Polyamory


Thursday June 5, 2014


7 – 9 pm


Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta




Social science nerds unite! Join us for the inaugural event in our new social science tavern series. Each month we’ll be gathering for drinks, discussion and games, with a different topic or speaker for each event.


For our first event we’ve got a polyamory double header, with three recently published authors on polyamory: Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert, authors of More Than Two, and Elisabeth Sheff, of The Polyamorists Next Door. They will talk about their books and take questions from the audience. After a quick break to get fresh drinks, everyone who sticks around can play Polyamory Jeopardy—and the winning team gets a free pitcher of beer!


Join us at Manuels to have a delicious dinner, help kick off the Atlanta Poly Weekend, and hear about the exciting new developments in the world of books on polyamory. Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Social-Science-Tavern/events/182997582/

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Is Polyamory Genetically Based?

I don’t know either, but these folks are trying to find out. If you identify as polyamorous and would consider participating in a research study investigating a potential genetic influence on polyamory, check out the information below.

Polyamory Personal Genomics Study

The citizen scientists over at DIYGenomics are recruiting volunteers for an opt-in genomics study on polyamorous participants.

Melanie Swan is coordinating the study, so if you’re poly, have some 23andMe [DIY genetics] data, and are up for contributing to science, you can contact her at melanie@diygenomics.org .


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Does Polyamory Work?

New blogpost on Psychology Today





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DragonCon Atlanta Labor Day Weekend

If you are attending this year’s DragonCon in Atlanta, please stop by!  I will be part of a panel at DragonCon in Atlanta this Labor Day Weekend.  There I will be presenting “A Scientific Study of Polyamory: Results of a 15-year Study” on the Science Track at 8:30pm on Sunday September 2 at the Hilton Room 202, and “How Slippery is the Slope Between Same-Sex Marriage and Polyamory?” for the Skeptic Track at 2:30pm on Monday September 3.  Hope to see you there!


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