Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
May 18, 2018

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI May 18, 2018

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This week's roundup features the latest on biracial identity, experts, happiness, and motivation. 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

SPSP Op-ed grant recipient Sarah Gaither writes, "Biracial representation is sorely needed in a country with a fraught relationship with mixed-race people."
Yuan Chang Leong and Jamil Zaki explore the causes and consequences of undue optimism in advisers. 
"We Finns reacted the same way as we have reacted to other top rankings in various international comparisons: we criticized the methodology of the study, questioned its conclusions and pointed to the shortcomings of Finnish society," writes Frank Martela.
"If you’re temporarily paid to do something, would that change your motivation or interest in doing the same thing when you’re not paid to do it anymore?," asks Oleg Urminsky.
What’s wrong with positivity? via UnDark
"The field of positive psychology has been lambasted in recent years — but let’s not discount the numerous benefits of positive emotions," argues Judith Moskowitz.

In the News

SPSP Op-ed grant recipient Marie Helweg Larsen is featured in this episode of Inside Higher Ed's Academic Minute: Hygge.
SPSP Op-ed grant recipient Sarah Gaither speaks in this episode of BBC's The Documentary Podcast: My Mixed Up World (near 42 minute mark).

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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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