Psychologists have a long and successful history of conceptualizing and measuring individual differences to predict and understand behavior. However, behavior does not occur in a vacuum and what behaviors are appropriate depends on the situations that people encounter. We know surprisingly little about how people perceive and understand situations. Using a new tool, the Riverside Situational Q-sort (RSQ), the International Situations Project examines how people around the world describe situations and how situations influence their self-reported behavior. It is an important first step to better understand the situational challenge to behavior.
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