Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Sep 20, 2019

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI September 20, 2019

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We're back, and publishing every other week here on Character and Context. This week's digital edition is extra full, since it's capturing two editions in one. See what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology in this week's ICYMI roundup.

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On the Blogs

A Surpising Path to Improving Working-Class Students’ Academic Achievement via Character and Context

What is the Amygdala, and What Does it Have to do with Helping? via Character and Context

Where You Live Can Affect Your Biases via Character and Context

Does Social Media Make Us Sad, Stupid, and Narcissistic? via Character and Context

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How Misinformation Spreads-and Why We Trust It via Scientific American

Research: Being Nice in a Negotiation Can Backfire via HBR

Understanding Cultural Differences Around Social Norms via Behaviroal Scientist

On ‘Light-touches’ and ‘Heavy-hands’: 2 Strategies to Tackle Educational Inequities via Brown Center Chalkboard (and SPSP op-ed recipient Neil Lewis Jr.)

How Do You Know Which Emotion a Facial Expression Represents? via Scientific American

The Partisan Brain: Cognitive Study Suggests People on the Left and Right Are More Similar Than They Think via The Conversation

Opinion: The Psychology Behind Taking Dirty Money from Jeffrey Epstein via The LA Times

How Couples Share “Cognitive Labor” and Why it Matters via The Behavioral Scientist 

From SPSP News

Hunter-gatherers Agree on What is Moral, but not Who is Moral in Social Psychological and Personality Science

In the News

Social media Is the perfect petri dish for bias. The solution is for tech companies to slow us down. via Vox Recode

Giving people simple “moral nudges” encourages them to donate much more to charity via Research Digest

Can smiling really make you happier? via Five Thirty Eight

Diversity: measuring how and why groups See It Differently via UCLA Anderson Review

Bad to the bone or just bad behavior? via Columbia University

How people judge your personality based on your name via BPS Research Digest

We admire these do-gooders. We just don’t want to date them. via Vox

New study finds compassion is at the heart of love via University of Nottingham 

Politically incorrect speakers are seen as more authentic via ZME Science

When false claims are repeated, we start to believe they are true via BPS Research Digest

Violent video games blamed more often for school shootings by white perpetrators via APA

Researchers find a new way to explain population differences in personality structure among humans via U.C. Santa Barbara

You’re so vain, you probably think this study’s about you via Washington University in St Loius 

Instagrammers who post lots of selfies are judged As less likeable and more insecure via Research Digest

Despite popular belief, study finds little evidence of emotional interdependence in romantic relationships via PsyPost

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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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