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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Nov 02, 2018

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI November 2, 2018

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On the eve of Election Day, a look at how to be a better voter and the science behind hate speech. See what else you may have missed online.

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In the News

4 ways to be a better voter  via Scientific American

Why we stereotype strangers via The Wall Street Journal

Do celebrity endorsements actually influence public opinion?  via PsyPost

Income inequality’s most disturbing side effect: Homicide  via Scientific American

Why people ignore facts  via Psychology Today

The neuroscience of hate speech   via The New York Times

A lottery win could change the way you vote  BBC Future

The personality trait that is ripping America (and the world) apart  via Scientific American

How children learn to recognize faces  via The New York Times

Does eating ginger change our moral judgments?  via Psychology Today

Science confirms it: People are not pets  via The New York Times

Volunteering is linked to reduced depression via increased social connectedness  via PsyPost

To make a good first impression, give your achievements a backstory  via Inverse

Merely desiring to alter your personality is not enough, and may backfire unless you take concrete action to change  via Research Digest 

Secrets of people who stay happy in the worst circumstances  via Fast Company


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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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