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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Felicitas Flade
What Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, and an imaginary alien invasion can teach us about human nature.

by Gil Greengross
Older couple joking and making faces
A new review of scientific research that compares men’s and women’s ability to produce humor has the answer.

by Sandi Schwartz
Black couple embracing and kissing young son
Discover why affectionate contact between parents and children is critical to children’s positive growth—and see what parents can do to build hugs into their daily routines.

by Jasmine Norman
Pensive young biracial woman touching chin
The answer to the question “Who am I?” is growing more complex in an increasingly multiracial culture. And, the answer may depend on multiracial people’s social experiences.

by Helena Rose Karnilowicz, Sara Waters, and Wendy Berry Mendes
Black family spending time together
Many parents try to protect their children by hiding their negative emotions, but that might not always be a good idea.

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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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