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Stanislav Treger, Ph.D.

Stanislav Treger, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor

401 Huntington Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

My curiosity centers around our social ties. How do we form relationships? What leads us to like people? How do we get to be on the same wavelength with another? How do these ties affect us? These are just some of the many questions I ask in my research. I have employed a variety of methods, ranging from surveys to social interaction lab experiments, to examine interpersonal phenomena such as self-disclosure, affiliation, humor use, affective forecasting, and interpersonal connectedness. Some of my current line of work focuses on the role of music in building interpersonal connections, how interpersonal synchrony affects social interactions, and the effects of breached social bonds. Furthermore, I am interested in facets of human sexuality, such as sexual attitudes and behavior. 


  • PhD. DePaul University—Social Psychology
  • MA. Illinois State University—Social Psychology; Quantitative Psychology 
  • BA. Northern Illinois University—Psychology 

Representative Publications

Sprecher, S., & Treger, S. (2015). Virgin college students’ reasons for and reactions to their abstinence from sex: Results from a 23-year study at a midwestern university. Journal of Sex Research, 53, 936-948

Treger, S., Sprecher, S., & Erber, R. (2013). Laughing and liking: Exploring the interpersonal effects of humor use in social interactions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 532-543.

Sprecher, S., Treger, S., Wondra, J. D., Hilaire, N., & Wallpe, K. (2013). Taking turns: Reciprocal self-disclosure promotes liking in initial interactions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 860-866.

Sprecher, S. Treger, S., & Wondra, J. D. (2013). Effects of disclosure role on liking and other reactions in get-acquainted interactions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 497-514.

Treger, S., Sprecher, S., Hatfield, E., & Erber, R. (2013). Women’s sexuality in close relationships. In D. Castaneda (Ed.), The essential handbook of women’s sexuality (pp. 47-68). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Treger, S., & Sprecher, S. (2011). The influence of sociosexuality and attachment style on reactions to emotional versus sexual infidelity. Journal of Sex Research, 48, 413-422.

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