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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Eric D. Wesselmann
If you are a White American trying to understand the persistent racism that people of color experience, considering your own experiences of social exclusion may help.

by Alex Van Zant and Jonah Berger
Young man in white shirt holding hand near mouth calling
It’s not just what you say, but how you say it. Knowing this can make you more persuasive.

by M. Inmaculada López-Núñez
Smiling woman talking on the phone
An algorithm based on your personality can predict whether your profile matches that of a successful entrepreneur.

by Hans Alves and André Mata
Running men
By definition, winning is better than losing. But being in the lead for much of a contest also leaves a surprisingly positive impression on spectators.

by Jeewon Oh
Older couple embracing one another sitting on a bench outdoors
A study of how six large samples of adults changed over time may answer this question.

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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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