Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Feb 09, 2018

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI February 9, 2017

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This week's roundup covers names of diseases, generosity, and what college does people, among other topics. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews.

On the Blogs

Kate MacKrill argues "the perception of gout needs to be updated in order to improve the management of the condition." 
Matthew J. Mayhew and colleagues discuss gathering "large-scale empirical evidence on how going to college actually impacts students’ attitudes." 
Abigail Marsh writes on the rise of individualism, and it's role in generosity.

In the News

Scientists Have Discovered Two Simple Psychological Differences That Make You Liberal or Conservative via Business Insider

Psychologists Explain Why Some Eagles Fans Rioted After Winning the Super Bowl via Fortune

Philadelphia's Gutsy Play Calls Lead to Super Bowl Victory--and Teach a Brilliant Lesson in Avoiding This Common Mental Trap via INC.

Can We Shame Perpetrators of Sexual Misconduct Into Becoming Better People? via Slate

Are People Getting Lonelier? Experts Are Divided via How Stuff Works

Breaking Gender Stereotypes in the Toy Box via The New York Times

How to Survive a Cringe Attack via The Cut

I Spent Two Years Trying to Fix the Gender Imbalance in My Stories via The Atlantic

Why People Choose Party over Principle via Smerconish

The Science of Swearing via Smithsonian Magazine

Twitter Reveals How Future-Thinking Americans Are and How That Affects Their Decisions via eScienceCommons

US Science Agency Will Require Universities to Report Sexual Harassment via Nature

Nostalgia May Ease Feelings of Collective Guilt via PsychCentral


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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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