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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Donelson Forsyth
Sequestering ourselves during the coronavirus pandemic is stressful and challenging, but social psychology provides hints about how to manage.

by Elizabeth C. Pinel
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People vary greatly in the degree to which they focus on the possibility of being stereotyped. Such stigma consciousness has consequences that could loom large in people’s daily lives.

by Alessandra K. Teunisse
Man with a mask
Can your personality influence the likelihood that you will respond to a scam email?

by Alysson E. Light
young European man on the street with a medical face mask on.
Could coronavirus inspire prejudice toward Asian Americans? Perhaps our behavioral immune system is to blame.

by Jeni L. Burnette and Crystal L. Hoyt
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Many health experts say that diets don’t work in the long run, but this message may have unintended consequences.

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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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