Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Aug 31, 2018

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI August 31, 2018

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In psychology and other social sciences, many studies fail the reproducibility test  via NPR

Single people aren’t to blame for the loneliness epidemic  via The Atlantic

5 science-approved ways to break a bad habit  via Time

The power of context  via Shepherd Express

Why no one wants to date a do-gooder  via The Guardian

What monogamous couples can learn from polyamorous relationships, according to experts  via Time

Digging deeper: The psychology of faith  via The New Times

Inclusion means both being there and feeling like you belong  via Quartz

Toddlers like winners, but how they win matters via NPR

Are classroom reading groups the best way to teach reading? Maybe not  via Education Week

How the Democratic Party lost its soul—and can regain it in the age of Trump  via Religion News Service

How a decades-old experiment sparked a war over the future of psychology  via The Chronicle of Higher Education

The mind is a difference-seeking machine  via WBEZ

Online bettors can sniff out weak psychology studies  via The Atlantic

How we judge personality from faces depends on our pre-existing beliefs about how personality works  via Medical Xpress

More social science studies just failed to replicate; Here’s why this is good  via Vox

People who see men and women as fundamentally different are more likely to accept workplace discrimination  via The Conversation

Psychologists have surprising advice for people who feel unmotivated  via Quartz

The new midlife crisis  via

First randomised-controlled trial of an employee “Wellness Programme"  via Research Digest

Liane Young receives the Psychonomic Society Award  via BC News


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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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