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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Jean M. Twenge
The reason so many teens are depressed might be right there in their hands: the smartphone.

by Bastian Jaeger
Witness swearing on the bible telling the truth
When deciding whether a defendant is guilty, people are often swayed by their first impressions, and it is surprisingly difficult to overcome this bias.

by Nicholas Brody, Leah LeFebvre, and Kate Blackburn
Young man looking at smartphone
What should we do with all of our digital stuff following a breakup?

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by Kayla Sergent and Alex Stajkovic
Senior female political leader speaking at press conference
In times of crisis, many people seek out male leaders, but female governors have been excelling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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