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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Brett Pelham
All else being equal, religious people have better health outcomes than less religious people. But being at risk for COVID-19 may be a troubling exception to this rule.

by M. Rosie Shrout
Older woman with a very sad expression isolated on black
Although marriage often enhances people’s health, how and when partners argue with their spouses can have negative health consequences.

by Edward (Ward) B. Davis, Carolyn Priebe, and Daryl R. Van Tongeren
Back view of a young man with a personal problem stands at wooden wall.
Nietzsche famously said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” but growing evidence suggests it usually doesn’t.

by Elizabeth C. Pinel
illustration of group of students bullying another student
People vary greatly in the degree to which they focus on the possibility of being stereotyped. Such stigma consciousness has consequences that could loom large in people’s daily lives.

by Alessandra K. Teunisse
Man with a mask
Can your personality influence the likelihood that you will respond to a scam email?

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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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