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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Jemma Collova and Clare Sutherland
Despite warnings not to judge a book by its cover, we readily do so—even when forming first impressions of children.

by Karen Landay & P. D. Harms
Semi Truck Driver
You should hope that the driver of that 18-wheeler coming toward you has certain personality characteristics rather than others.

by Hanne M Watkins
Elderly veteran holding flag
Does honoring those who have served our country change how we feel about international conflict and war?

by Renée S. Suen
Woman holding and embracing Shiba Inu dog
It’s often said that dogs are our best friends. They may also be a key to a longer life.

by René Dailey
Couple sitting next to each other
Some people can’t seem to decide whether to stay together or break up. Is their personality to blame?

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Why is this blog called Character & Context?

Everything that people think, feel, and do is affected by some combination of their personal characteristics and features of the social context they are in at the time. Character & Context explores the latest insights about human behavior from research in personality and social psychology, the scientific field that studies the causes of everyday behaviors.  

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