Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Jun 15, 2018

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI June 15, 2018

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This week's roundup includes a link to twitter discussions on the Stanford Prison Experiment, op-eds and blog posts from members, and a variety of advice, based on recent studies, on dating, business, and willpower. 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

Politicians are Only Human via Character & Context
"What makes politicians tick?" asks Kevin (Vin) Arceneaux. 
Hey Boss, You Don’t Want Your Employees to Meditate via Gray Matter
"The very notion of motivation — striving to obtain a more desirable future — implies some degree of discontentment with the present, which seems at odds with a psychological exercise that instills equanimity and a sense of calm," write Kathleen Vohs and Andrew Hafenbrack.
Nothing Beats Something via sometimes i'm wrong
"Something beats nothing, except when it doesn’t. Why it’s nobler to walk away than to do bad science," says Simine Vazire.

From the SPSP News Center

Religious Affiliation Linked to Nearly 4-year Longevity Boost via The Ohio State Unviersity
A new nationwide study of obituaries has found that people with religious affiliations lived nearly four years longer than those with no ties to religion. The research appears in Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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Stanford Prison Experiment
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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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