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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Rachel Baumsteiger
New research suggests that it may be easier to create long lasting patterns of helping others than many people assume.

by Sarah S. M. Townsend and Nicole M. Stephens
A brief intervention that teaches students about difference can close the social class achievement gap.

by Olga Stavrova and Michail Kokkoris
Photo of woman on mountaintop
Having self-control not only promotes physical health and life satisfaction, it can foster a sense of meaning in life.

by Abigail Marsh
Helping hand extended for man drowning in ocean.
A big clue to how helpful you are may be found in an ancient mammalian brain area known as the amygdala.

by Mindi Price & Jessica Alquist
Mature couple sitting at kitchen table with laptop looking through financial papers,
Seniors’ self-control can be impaired by negative views of aging in our culture.

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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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