The Art and Science of Human Connection is an illustrated online "book" offering an overview of how we achieve a sense of closeness in our interactions with other people (including friends, family, and romantic partners). The illustrations and  prose in the pages that follow are grounded in research from the fields of communication and relationship science.


Once you click "begin!" the "book" continues through 43 pages, and generally takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Use the >>> buttons to navigate.


This project was created by Dave Smallen M.S., a doctoral student in Human Ecology at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  If you have any questions or comments about this project, you may contact me at:


To view other illustrated tutorials on psychological topics, please check out my instagram project: @atlasofthehumanlife



All words and images ©2019 by Dave Smallen