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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Shira Gabriel
Why do celebrities dying lead to so much sadness? Experts explain six reasons why we mourn for people we have never met!

by Alexandra Fleischmann
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Being in a position of power can influence moral decisions, but not in the way you think.

by Robin Kowalski
Four people cover their faces with emoticons of surprise, ill, angry, and annoyed
Although most of us don’t like to hear other people complain, we all do it, and some people do it a lot. Research helps us understand the complainers among us.

by Brett Pelham
Red umbrella in a storm, a person, on a dock, standing silently
Whether you believe global warming is real may depend on where you live and what month it is.

by Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, and Brett Pelham
Illustration of crowd of people with a few individuals highlighted, varying ages, abilities
The new editorial team welcomes you to Character and Context.

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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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