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SPSP’s Blog, Character & Context… & You!

Sitting down with a cup of coffee, you check your morning feed on your phone.  But something’s missing in your life.  Something you came across online and forgot to save, something about guilt.

Aha, there it is. If you haven’t swung by the SPSP blog, Character & Context, recently – it’s definitely worth a visit.

From discussions of recent research to responding to current events, Character & Context features a mix of original and recently published posts relating to personality and social psychology.

We’re heading into our third year at the blog, and are excited for our future. Older posts still get great views, mainly because the topics are timely and relevant to life. In just the last year, posts covering historical migration patterns and emotion, discussions over stereotype accuracy, and the attachment styles of “Frozen” characters continue to attract attention.

Reading the blog provides an opportunity to keep up with the groundbreaking work of your peers in a less formal format. Also, since the content can be readily digested by general audiences, it’s a great way for you to share the latest personality and social psychology research with those outside the field – and to potentially get ideas for how to distill and repurpose your own research in this way. You can subscribe to email updates from the blog on the Character & Context homepage.

As an SPSP member, you can also use the blog as a vehicle to communicate directly with both colleagues and the interested public. The blog’s editors are looking for posts directed at a non-expert audience about topics relevant to social and personality psychology. This can be about your latest research, or someone else's, or insights into social issues or current events based on psychological research. Articles are generally 600-800 words, but we have a lot of flexibility with space and are comfortable working with your schedule.

“This is a great opportunity to consider your own research from a different perspective and build your writing skills writing for a non-journal outlet that requires you to convey ideas clearly and free from jargon,” says Dave Nussbaum, the blog’s Editor-in-Chief.

Consider the blog as another outlet for sharing innovative personality and social psychology content, and submit your idea today. You can submit ideas or blog posts to spspblog@gmail.com. An editor will be in touch if it looks like a good fit.

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