Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Mar 17, 2017

In Case You Missed it March 17 2017

In Case You Missed it


Each week, we'll 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

Jordan Axt tells us How to Overcome Unconscious Bias in this week's featured post via Character & Context

...when puppies earn you more points than spiders, people’s preference for puppies can lead people to select more puppies initially, and a motivation to earn as many points as possible leads people to select more and more puppies over time. But when spiders earn you more points than spiders, people have to overcome their initial aversion to spiders in order to perform well.

Attractive people have shorter relationships and are more interested in alternative partners via

You probably won't be reaching for your violin too quickly but a series of new studies provide compelling evidence that beauty is a kind of “relationship liability”. 

In the News

Trump's budget calls for seismic disruption in medical and science research via Washington Post

President Trump's budget calls for a seismic disruption in government-funded medical and scientific research. The cuts are deep and broad. They also go beyond what many political observers expected. 

A reminder from COSSA that the White House Budget is a just one step in a long process via COSSA

The Trump Administration has released preliminary, high-level details of its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request, referred to as a “skinny budget.” Full budget details are expected sometime in May. It is important to remember that the President’s budget is just one step in the annual appropriations process. Congress still holds the power of the purse. 

On Twitter

Seven Steps to Reduce Bias in Hiring by @jayvanbavel & @TessaWestNYU in the @WSJ

— Dave Nussbaum (@davenuss79) February 21, 2017

I was following over 60% men, so looked through the follow list of @SPSPnews to find jr. women to follow #checkyourfeed #womenalsoknowstuff

— Amy Summerville (@RegretLab) March 12, 2017

A new Duke study says 'intellectual humility' increases tolerance and improves decision-making. @SPSPnews

— Duke University (@DukeU) March 17, 2017



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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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