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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Ariana Orvell
Something as seemingly minor as a pronoun can affect people’s judgments of the right way to act.

by Amy B. Brunell
Young man wearing gold crown taking selfie with smartphone
We led narcissists to believe that a lie detector could tell us if they were lying about how awesome they think they are.

by Vanessa K. Bohns
Photo of a Woman refusing a red heart from a man
People underestimate how uncomfortable their unwanted romantic advances can make the person on the receiving end.

by Gurit E. Birnbaum and Harry T. Reis
Couple on date
Being in a sexy mood can change how far people go to impress a prospective romantic partner.

by Orpha de Lenne
Illustration of different men and women holding smartphones with images of boyfriends and girlfriends
Using social media makes some people in romantic relationships realize that there are many other fish in the sea.

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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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