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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Michael Slepian
Not talking with other people about our secrets means that we are left alone with the hard work of figuring them out.

by Hanne M Watkins
Elderly veteran holding flag
Does honoring those who have served our country change how we feel about international conflict and war?

by Renée S. Suen
Woman holding and embracing Shiba Inu dog
It’s often said that dogs are our best friends. They may also be a key to a longer life.

by René Dailey
Couple sitting next to each other
Some people can’t seem to decide whether to stay together or break up. Is their personality to blame?

by Jennifer Eck
Young woman sits with coworkers
Ostracized people have an advantage in detecting lies when it is particularly important for them to distinguish deceptive from truthful statements.

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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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