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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Daniel Jolley, Karen Douglas, Ana Leite, and Tanya Schrader
If you have recently fallen under the grip of a conspiracy theory, you may be more likely to engage in a petty crime in the future.

by Samantha Stronge
Young Asian girl lying on grass with her small dog
Growing up without siblings appears to have very little impact on people’s personalities.

by Gillian Murphy
Image of a man with a computer monitor for a head, screen reads breaking news
Exposure to fake news can create false memories, especially when the stories are in line with our beliefs.

by Bradley D. Mattan
Photo of a male Manager listening to a candidate at job interview; one is Black the other is White
People have unconscious biases about status just like they have unconscious biases about race—and together, these biases strongly favor high-status White people.

by Nick Buttrick
Image of a Young african american woman who looks sad and pensive
Would you rather be alone with your thoughts—free to conjure up any wonderful thing you can imagine—or do almost anything else?

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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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