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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Isabelle Hansson
Do you worry too much about things in life? Do you get anxious easily? I have bad news for you—now you also need to worry about retiring.

by Michael W. Kraus
Sad dejected sports team lion mascot laments on bleachers
Campus mascots depicting harmful stereotypes can shape belonging and engagement on college campuses.

by Juliana E. French
image of a single rose
Although sex is a central feature of committed, romantic relationships, some people desire uncommitted, “no strings attached” sex, which can spell trouble for their marriages.

by Agneta H. Fischer, Pum Kommattam, and Kai Jonas
photo of a Mid forties depressed man in bed at home
When does a sad face not look so sad? When the person is a member of a different ethnic group.

by Li-Jun Ji
illustration showing the Reality of Inner Colors
Nations differ in the extent to which their residents feel that the future and the past are close to the present. This temporal focus is related to many important outcomes, from the emotional to the economic.

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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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