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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Natalie Daumeyer
When people believe discrimination was caused by unconscious bias they hold perpetrators less accountable.

by Tomer J. Czaczkes
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If you think people like things more when they have worked hard to get them, you’d be correct. If you think humans are unique in this way, you’d be wrong.

by Jia Wei Zhang and Serena Chen
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Want to feel like you are being true to yourself? Try being nice to yourself.

by Jared Piazza and Paulo Sousa
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Our judgments of wrongdoing are based on several considerations, but injustice may be the most important.

by Andrew Moynihan
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C.S. Lewis famously said, “I was not born to be free - I was born to adore and obey.” Was Lewis trying to escape from meaninglessness in his life?

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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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