Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Jul 28, 2017

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI July 28, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus news stories and tweets worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

On the Blogs

Adam Gerace considers the ways we think about ourselves (“self-reflection”) and the ways we think about others (“perspective taking”).
"There is reason to doubt the death of religion, or at least the death of what you might call the 'religious mind,'" writes Clay Routledge.
Milda Perminiene asks "What are the emotional consequences of trying to seem happy in order to please others?"
Courtney Plante writes on his research with social scientists studying the furry fandom.

In SPSP's News Center

The implicit racial biases of Whites in a community predict how many African-Americans are killed by police in a given area, according to new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. Coverage includes The Toronto Star, Los Angeles Times, and Pacific Standard.
A new investigation suggests a strong association between a person’s attachment style — how avoidant or anxious people are in their close relationships — and their perception and management of social networks like Facebook. Coverage includes Wired UK, Seeker, and The Daily Mail.

In the News

(Funding for this study included Society for Personality and Social Psychology Heritage Foundation and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Q&pAy Initiative)
The Case for Cursing via The New York Times
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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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