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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Brett Pelham
It’s not myths about hydroxychloroquine that are killing so many Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s myths grounded in normal human thinking.

by Christoph Schild
Two young men playing basketball
Less organized, careful, and responsible athletes might ruin their teams’ success.

by Jean M. Twenge
Depressed male teenager leaning against brick wall
The reason so many teens are depressed might be right there in their hands: the smartphone.

by Bastian Jaeger
Witness swearing on the bible telling the truth
When deciding whether a defendant is guilty, people are often swayed by their first impressions, and it is surprisingly difficult to overcome this bias.

by Nicholas Brody, Leah LeFebvre, and Kate Blackburn
Young man looking at smartphone
What should we do with all of our digital stuff following a breakup?

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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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