Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
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Jun 23, 2015

Psychology News Round-Up (October 31st)

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By Dave Nussbaum

  • Happy Halloween! This week we had two fantastic posts on the blog that you should definitely check out if you missed, plus there was a lot happening on twitter as well…

  • On Monday, Tamar Kreps discussed her research with Benoit Monin on how to make moral arguments. It turns out that explaining costs and benefits can sometimes undermine the moral weight of your argument.

  • Then on Wednesday, Tracy Epton reported on the results of the recent meta-analysis she and her colleagues conducted on the effectiveness of self-affirmation interventions on people’s health behavior. When people feel secure about themselves, they’re not only less defensive towards negative health information, they also are more likely to actually change their health behaviors.

  • There are a lot of great psychology articles online this week, but two I wanted to briefly highlight, linked in the tweets that follow, are David Dunning’s cover story in the latest Pacific Standard, “We Are All Confident Idiots,” and Maria Konnikova’s piece in the New Yorker on the place and treatment of conservatives in social psychology — discussion is welcome in the comments section.

The winners of our best Halloween-themed social psychology tweet contest: 


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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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