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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Markus Appel
Scientific evidence based on hundreds of studies does not support sensationalist headlines on the perils of social media use.

by Brett Pelham
Basketball Flying in the Air
Almost everyone believes in the “hot hand” in basketball. But research shows that this belief is wrong. And we are starting to uncover why this illusion is so hard to change.

by Allison L. Skinner
Young Biracial woman on escalator
People have stereotypes about people of different races. So, what do they think about biracial people?

by Elizabeth B. Lozano
Hands holding cutout of paper family
Finding out that you were conceived from donated sperm or eggs can be quite a shock. How people react depends on their approach to relationships.

by Brian P. Don
sad Young male adult sitting on floor looking at laptop computer
People with low self-esteem tend to fear social rejection. Recent research suggests this fear of rejection leads them to seek social support in ways that ironically create the very rejection they fear.

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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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