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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Gillian Murphy
Exposure to fake news can create false memories, especially when the stories are in line with our beliefs.

by Bradley D. Mattan
Photo of a male Manager listening to a candidate at job interview; one is Black the other is White
People have unconscious biases about status just like they have unconscious biases about race—and together, these biases strongly favor high-status White people.

by Nick Buttrick
Image of a Young african american woman who looks sad and pensive
Would you rather be alone with your thoughts—free to conjure up any wonderful thing you can imagine—or do almost anything else?

by Carly Thornock
illustration of a family decluttering their house
Feeling claustrophobic at home is a matter of perception, not square-footage.

by Rita M. Ludwig
Photo of Family With Grandparents Enjoying Thanksgiving Meal At Table
Being planful about your fitness goals increases the likelihood of actually getting up and going to the gym.

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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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