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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Jessa Reed, Roberta Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
The ability of toddlers to learn new words may be affected by how often their interactions with parents and other caregivers are interrupted by modern technology.

by Joanne Bagshaw, PhD
puzzle pieces about to form a rainbow heart
Want to improve your marriage or close romantic relationship? If you’re straight, you may want to take a few pointers from same-sex couples.

by Brett Pelham and Curtis Hardin
Three times figure-ground perception, face and vase.
A classic study in social psychology revealed that we cannot always trust our perceptions. Nonetheless, there are some good ways to uncover the truth. And doing so might help us reduce political polarization.

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From romance to workplaces to hypocrisy, see what you may have missed in the world of personality and...

by Michael A. Busseri
Image of a camper driving in direction of a sign that read Life Quality ahead
People’s beliefs about how satisfying their life will be over time may be an illusion.

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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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