Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Nov 01, 2019

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI November 1, 2019

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What's funny, why some people like fear, and the complexities of failure are a few of the topics on this week's ICYMI roundup. See what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology.

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On the Blogs and OpEds

Your Opinions are Not as Popular as You Think They Are: The False Consensus Effect via Character and Context

Pitfalls of Positive Thinking and How to Overcome Them via Character and Context

What’s in a Name? It Depends on What it Sounds Like via Character and Context

What Can Serial Killers Like Amy Archer-Gilligan Tell Us about Human Evolution? via Character and Context

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3 Reasons It’s So Hard to “Follow Your Passion” via Harvard Business Review

The Mystery of What Makes a Joke Funny – but Only to Some People via The Conversation

Why Is It Fun to Be frightened? via The Conversation

Are You a Moral Grandstander? via Scientific American

Opinion: Can the Diaries of Ordinary People Be Used to Bridge Cultural Divides? via The Los Angeles Times

In the News

Why first impressions matter even more for groups via Quartz at Work

Be humble, and proudly, psychologists say. via The New York Times

Selfies the ‘perfect tool’ for narcissists, says U of A researcher via Folio

Podcast: We don’t just feel emotions. We make them.  via The Ezra Klein Show

‘Adam’ vs. ‘Abigail’: how consumers view male and female CEO differently via University of Virginia 

Research examines how mistakes can make people 'tune out' via University of Chicago

Here’s why we eat more when we’re with friends and family via BPS Research Digest

Psychologists analyze language to categorize human goals via University of Wyoming

Why you should find time to be alone with yourself via The New York Times

People who try to be environmentally-friendly by buying less stuff are happier, study claims via BPS Research Digest

When money is scarce, biased behavior happens faster via Cornell University

Failure found to be an “essential prerequisite” for success via Scientific American


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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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