Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Jan 17, 2020

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI January 17, 2020

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Humor, favors, and revenge; read what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology on this week's ICYMI roundup.

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On the Blogs and OpEds

Viewing Pornography to Deal with Affection Deprivation via Character and Context

“I’d Like You to Do Us a Favor”: Why We Don’t Always Say What We Mean via Character and Context

Receptivity to Nonsense Varies across the Political Spectrum via Character and Context

A Bright Spot of Getting Older: Negative Thinking “Sticks” Less as People Age via Character and Context

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For the New Year, Say No to Negativity via The Wall Street Journal

The Dark Side of Supportive Relationships via The Conversation

Authoritarian Leaders Thrive on Fear. We Need to Help People Feel Safe (opinion)

Think Twice Before Shouting Your Virtues Online – Moral Grandstanding is Toxic via The Conversation

Weinstein Jurors Must Differentiate Between Consent and Compliance – Which Research Shows Isn’t Easy via The Conversation [by Oped Grant recipient Vanessa Bohns]

In the News

Study finds women’s speech more concrete, detailed than men’s via SF State News

New psychology study indicates pursuing evolutionary-relevant goals provides purpose in life via PsyPost

Nostalgia may have harmful impact on those with negative past via Rutgers–Camden

Is a sad song sad for everyone? via Scientific American

Go ahead and complain. It might be good for you. via New York Times

Payback or pay back? Children understand revenge before reciprocity, study says via UC Irvine

First-generation university students are at greater risk of experiencing imposter syndrome via Research Digest

“Marshmallow Test” redux: New research reveals children show better self-control when they depend on each other via APS

Reflecting on past generations’ sacrifices doesn’t appear to make people more willing to sacrifice for the environment via PsyPost

For female leaders, humor is a blessing. Unless it’s a curse. via The Washington Post

Most people who share “Fake News” do care about the accuracy of news items — they’re just distracted via Research Digest

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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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