Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Jun 16, 2017

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI June 16, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus news stories and tweets worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

On the Blogs

Xian Zhao covers his research into the adoption of Anglo names as a window to understanding the role of names for identity, perception, affect, and intergroup behavior.
Emma Young covers research showing toddlers and parents not only act differently with e-books vs print, but toddlers learned more from e-books.
Can Narcissism Fuel Grit? via Beautiful Minds/Scientific American
Scott Barry Kaufman discusses how the combination of narcissistic grandiosity and vulnerability can fuel persistence.
Tania Lambrozo writes "the most dangerous kind of jargon isn't the kind we notice. It's the kind that slips by."

In the News

The Science of Wanderlust via Condé Nast Traveler
Psychology's Diversity Problem via Medical Express
Sweet Sizzlin' Beans! Fancy Names May Boost Healthy Dining via Associated Press
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In SPSP's News Center

Loneliness Contributes to Self-Centeredness for Sake of Self-Preservation from University of Chicago
Research conducted over more than a decade indicates that loneliness increases self-centeredness and, to a lesser extent, self-centeredness also increases loneliness.


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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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