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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Brett Pelham
Studies of how well kids are able to delay gratification when offered marshmallows yield some surprising messages about how both character and context shape behavior.

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by John T. Jost
Building a wall against protesters
System justification theory explains why people sometimes fail to act on behalf of their own interests and deride those who protest against current conditions.

by Kostadin Kushlev and Elizabeth Dunn
Busy parents with mobile smartphones. Family with kids.
Parents worry a lot about their kids’ phone use, but they may want to pay more attention to their own.

by Jo-Ann Tsang
A little hand gives a twig of cherry blossoms to an adult hand
In our current divisive climate, cooperation seems as uncommon as self-interest seems inevitable. Yet gratitude can increase good deeds and help us care about others.

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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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