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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Rosanna K. Smith and Rachel Gershon
That’s right, repeating yourself is viewed as inauthentic.

by Emily Balcetis
illustration of a runner crossing the finish line
A trick of the eye can get you to the finish line faster. Research uncovers a technique for better exercise

by Alex J. Benson and Justin Cavallo
Unrecognizable young woman in checked shirt hiding her face under smiling mask while standing against wooden wall, waist-up portrait
People sometimes fake their feelings to meet their partner’s expectations, and sometimes they honestly express what they feel. Does it matter?

by Kevin Arceneaux
Woman and man sitting on bench
People who are high in absolutism are less tolerant and more opposed to compromise.

by Tracy DeHart
Teen girl suffering from a hangover while sitting on the floor near the bed in a student dormitory.
College students don’t drink alcohol just when they’re thirsty or want to get buzzed. Some consume more alcohol when they don’t feel socially accepted.

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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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