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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Erin Cooley
Most of us feel that we are safer in a group than alone, but as with many privileges in America, the relative safety of groups may depend on the color of your skin.

by Sanaz Talaifar, Ashwini Ashokkumar, and Bill Swann
top view of person hands close cover or block the laptop webcam
Ordinary people often act like amateur censors who censor online posts that disagree with what they believe.

by Kaitlin Woolley and Ronghan (Michelle) Wang
Depressed woman sitting at kitchen table
Food restrictions and loneliness are on the rise; they may be related epidemics.

by Rachael D. Goodwin
Employee being victim of harassment and colleague watching
What would you do if you saw someone being harassed?

by Shuangshuang Wang
Older couple embracing on hill
Certain couples have particular patterns of personalities that work particularly well—or particularly badly—together.

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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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