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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Guy Itzchakov, Moty Amar & Frenk van Harreveld
Reviews written as personal stories make readers more aware of the pros and cons of the product than reviews framed as facts.

by Mora A. Reinka
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We know that people who are stigmatized experience poorer health. But why?

by Brett Pelham
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COVID-19 may help Trump for two reasons: COVID-19 is killing many more people in blue states than in red states, and death promotes political conservatism.

by Alex Van Zant and Jonah Berger
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It’s not just what you say, but how you say it. Knowing this can make you more persuasive.

by M. Inmaculada López-Núñez
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An algorithm based on your personality can predict whether your profile matches that of a successful entrepreneur.

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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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