Shari Blumenstock , Ph.D. candidate of Human Development and Family Studies, just finished a pilot study in the lab.

The overall study design involves manipulating sexual desire through the use of vignettes, or hypothetical scenarios, that involve potential romantic partners. This hasn't been done before, so the pilot served as a test to see if the manipulations worked or if any of the materials need tweaking. Shari and her study team also asked about participants' experiences with the materials. From what they see so far, the manipulations worked really well, and the participants found the materials easy to engage with, which is very promising.