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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Jessica L. Tracy
We normally think of morality in terms of people’s basic ethical principles. But experiments with ginger show that there’s more to it than that.

by Aidan Smyth
Cynical guy looking upwards
After a breakup, people remember their former relationships as worse than they said those relationships were when they were still in them.

by Inna Ksenofontov
Young woman covering her face with palm
Saying “thank you” might seem like a good thing, but it can work against people who are socially disadvantaged.

by Sam Maglio
Satisfied woman in casual wear enjoying conversation in multiethnic group
When we think about the size of collaborative groups, we’re a bit like Goldilocks.

by Kenneth Tan and Christopher R. Agnew
Young couple looking at one another with doubtful expressions
People differ in the degree to which they desire to be in a close relationship, and these differences are related to how they think about current and future relationship partners.

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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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