Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Mar 24, 2017

In Case You Missed It March 24, 2017

Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus a few news stories and tweets that might be 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

 Jessica Gamburg talks about Making Friends While Pursuing Goals in this week's featured post via Character & Context

After making a new acquaintance, how do we choose whether to pursue a friendship with that person? And what role do our own important goals—e.g., weight loss, physical fitness, abstinence from alcohol—play in behaviors surrounding the formation of new friendships?

Children understand far more about other minds than long believed via The Conversation

Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking. 

In the News

Why Objectively False Things Continue to Be Believed via New York Times

Mr. Trump's claims may appear to his opponents to have been embarrassingly debunked. But social science research suggests that Mr. Trump's alternative version of reality may appeal to his supporters. 

Is Happiness A Universal Human Right? via NPR

March 20th was the International Day of Happiness, part of a UN Resolution from 2012 that identifies the pursuit of happiness as "a fundamental human goal." Tania Lambrozo tackles the value of happiness in this commentary. 

The Most Powerful Personality Trait You May Never Have Heard Of via Forbes

The authors of a new study argue "intellectual humility" is very likely malleable, meaning that it’s something that can be learned, and perhaps even adjusted over time.

On Twitter

Best visualization of a reflective latent variable model ever by Markus Jokela #icps17vie

- Elko Fried (@elkofried) click here to see the pic: March 24, 2017

Federal budget positions Canada to lure scientists from U.S. and Britain http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/federal-budget-positions-canada-to-lure-scientists-from-us-and-britain/article34412882/ … From @ivansemeniuk #Budget2017

- Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) March 24, 2017

Parrots find ‘laughter’ contagious and high-five in mid air http://bit.ly/2nW6h0V 

- New Scientist (@NewScientist) March 23, 2017

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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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