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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Sean T. H. Lee and Park Guihyun
If you were tasked to form a creative brainstorming team, should you pick people who are more agreeable, less agreeable, or a mix of both? Our research provides an intriguing answer.

by Guy Itzchakov, Moty Amar & Frenk van Harreveld
Young woman looking at laptop screen with perplexed expression
Reviews written as personal stories make readers more aware of the pros and cons of the product than reviews framed as facts.

by Sara D. Hodges
Young man and woman with face masks chat in office
We know that masks can reduce COVID-19 transmission, but how are they affecting our ability to communicate with each other? A psychologist who studies how well people understand each other offers some speculations.

by Walter J. Sowden
Thief stealing cell phone in a shop looking sideways
What do you do when someone close to you commits an immoral act?

by Jacquie Vorauer
Black man soothing upset girlfriend
Empathic people who are trying to be empathic actually end up being less empathic.

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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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