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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Rosanna K. Smith and Rachel Gershon
That’s right, repeating yourself is viewed as inauthentic.

by Donelson Forsyth
Illustration of people confined in home under quarantine
Sequestering ourselves during the coronavirus pandemic is stressful and challenging, but social psychology provides hints about how to manage.

by Giulia Zoppolat and Francesca Righetti
Smiling couple eating pizza
How much you appreciate your partner and relationship may depend on your expectations.

by Brett Pelham
Young woman praying
All else being equal, religious people have better health outcomes than less religious people. But being at risk for COVID-19 may be a troubling exception to this rule.

by M. Rosie Shrout
Older woman with a very sad expression isolated on black
Although marriage often enhances people’s health, how and when partners argue with their spouses can have negative health 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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