Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Apr 28, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus a few news stories and tweets that might be worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

On the Blogs

Salient Multiculturalism Enhances Minority Group Members' Feelings of Power via Character & Context

Messages encountered in educational and work settings, on the internet or television, or on the sides of buses or coffee cups may recommend that individuals “Celebrate Diversity!”, “Stamp Out Racism!”, or “Be Color-Blind!” and thereby promote multiculturalism, anti-racism, or color-blindness. But are these messages effective? Jacquie Vorauer discusses her recent work.

Spreading Islamophobia: Consequences Of Negative Media Representations via HuffingtonPost

Does the media inform us about policies, or does it influence the policies we accept?  Recent research suggests we are far more influenced by media than we think. Muniba Saleem writes about how negative media portrayals alienate American Muslims from their own country.

Are the Hormones of Couples in Sync? via Psychology Today

We know that family members can get under each other’s skin, but can they actually influence each other’s hormones? Darby Saxbe delves into her research findings that couples show linked-up levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

In the News

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Conservatives and liberals turn down money to avoid hearing opposing views via New York Daily News

Ariel Scottie features research from Linda Skitka and Matt Motyl that "not even money can pop people's political bubble."

The Rise of the Mean Moms via Marie Claire 

Anne Roderique Jones interviews Art Markman for a piece on what happens to mean girls when they grow up.

Intimidation Is the New Normal on Campus via Chronicle of Higher Education

"From now on, any speaker who arouses a protest is at risk of a beating" writes Jonathan Haidt in a recent Op-Ed.

How Distraction Might Sap Your Concern for the World via Science of Us

Jesse Singal writes about Elizabeth Levy Paluck's research into the potential effects of all this distracted information consumption. 

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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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