Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Sep 08, 2017

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI September 8, 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

Brock Bastian writes about the growing body of evidence that much of what we do is often decided outside of conscious awareness.
Jason Okonofua and several colleagues are featured in this piece on their psychological intervention that halved suspension rates for students across three school districts.
Thanks to Lee Jussim for curating the following selections this week

Taking Responsibility for Our Field's Reputation via The Observer
Hal Pashler and J.P. De Ruiter argue that the field's reputation is in free fall, and that psychological scientists need to take responsibility for it. 

In Defense of Amy Wax's Defense of Bourgeois Culture via Heterodox Academy
Evidence-based defense of middle class values of hard work, family, and civility, and highlighting the threat to academic freedom by those who would have Amy Wax silenced, are the focus of this peice by Jonathan Haidt.

The Psychology of the New McCarthyism via Psych Today
Lee Jussim posts an evidence-based analysis of how political motivations distort social psychological research and conclusions, and how that political environment has contributed to an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in social psychology, psychology, and academia more broadly. 

An Old Infirmity via Inference
This essay by Bill von Hippel focuses on how psychological "scientists" refuse to acknowledge evidence that, when people get old, they actually begin to decline in mental functioning. 


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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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