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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Sara J. Weston and David M. Condon
Anxious and open people spend less money during the holidays compared to others.

by Kuba Krys
Image of a society of people celebrating
Sensitivity to others is the clue.

by Jessa Reed, Roberta Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Teacher and toddler doing therapy using emoji emotions
The ability of toddlers to learn new words may be affected by how often their interactions with parents and other caregivers are interrupted by modern technology.

by Joanne Bagshaw, PhD
puzzle pieces about to form a rainbow heart
Want to improve your marriage or close romantic relationship? If you’re straight, you may want to take a few pointers from same-sex couples.

by Brett Pelham and Curtis Hardin
Three times figure-ground perception, face and vase.
A classic study in social psychology revealed that we cannot always trust our perceptions. Nonetheless, there are some good ways to uncover the truth. And doing so might help us reduce political polarization.

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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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