Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Aug 03, 2018

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI August 3, 2018

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This week's round-up features opposite-sex friendships, first impressions, freeloaders and infidelity. See what else you may have missed online.
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On the Blogs

Nudge, not Sludge  via Science
Psychology's New Normal  via Center for Open Science
Check out more posts from around the web: Social and Personality Psychology Blog Roll

In the News

Nobody likes a freeloader—including four-year-old kids  via Quartz

The 'beautiful mess' effect: Other people view our vulnerability more positively than we do  via Research Digest

The dark core of personality  via Scientific American

Just good friends? Attraction to opposite-sex friends is common and burdensome  via Research Digest

One more thing that lowers people's trust in the news: Seeing others' ratings of articles  via Pacific Standard

Musk, Trump and the age-old mass psychology effect that both are successfully exploiting  via CNBC

Are first impressions really accurate?  via BBC

Cheaters three times more likely to report cheating in their next relationship, study finds  via PsyPost

Why hostility can bring people closer together  via Scientific American

Americans stubbornly continue to overestimate their intelligence  via Pacific Standard

Marriage stress: Couples weather bickering with a little help from their friends  via 30 Seconds

Want to be happier? Stop scheduling your free time  via Washington Post

Political and business leaders who change their moral stance are perceived not as brave, but hypocritical and ineffective  via Research Digest

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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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