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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by M. Rosie Shrout
Although marriage often enhances people’s health, how and when partners argue with their spouses can have negative health consequences.

by Jeni L. Burnette and Crystal L. Hoyt
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Many health experts say that diets don’t work in the long run, but this message may have unintended consequences.

by Mark Leary
Senior woman sitting in bed alone looking out window
Many seniors feel isolated and vulnerable in their daily lives. A pandemic that further separates them from their loved ones can have a detrimental effect.

by David Myers
Photo of 5 men and one man has his back to the others
Mitt Romney correctly anticipated facing contempt for voting his conscience on the recent presidential impeachment. But history suggests his vote may have positive consequences.

by Mirjam Ghassemi and Katharina Bernecker
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Do you worry more about yourself or about people close to you?

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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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