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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Sara D. Hodges
We know that masks can reduce COVID-19 transmission, but how are they affecting our ability to communicate with each other? A psychologist who studies how well people understand each other offers some speculations.

by Walter J. Sowden
Thief stealing cell phone in a shop looking sideways
What do you do when someone close to you commits an immoral act?

by Jacquie Vorauer
Black man soothing upset girlfriend
Empathic people who are trying to be empathic actually end up being less empathic.

by Robert W. Smith
Female Security guard
The simple act of wearing a uniform changes how we see employees and their company, as well as how we react to bad service.

by Mora A. Reinka
Tired Asian man standing near window in office
We know that people who are stigmatized experience poorer health. But why?

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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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