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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Shuangshuang Wang
Certain couples have particular patterns of personalities that work particularly well—or particularly badly—together.

by Daniel Storage
Group of young professionals on smart devices
In a recent study, adults and children in the United States and 78 other countries associated “brilliance” and “genius” with men more than with women.

by Anna Maria C. Behler
Sad female teenager envious of couple seen embracing in the distance
Feeling envious not only makes us unhappy, it can affect how we treat other people.

by E. Paige Lloyd
Policeman at the Black Lives Matter protest in Compton Los Angeles. 7 Jun 2020, LOS ANGELES, USA
New research helps us understand why innocent people might run when confronted by the police.

by Jacob Israelashvili
Line drawing of two men sitting having a conversation
Is it helpful to “have been there too” in order to really understand how someone else feels? A new study reveals an unexpected answer.

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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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