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Some Upsides to Terror Management

Posted on May 1, 2012

From Science Daily: Past research suggests that thinking about death is destructive and dangerous, fueling everything from prejudice and greed to violence. Such studies related to terror management theory (TMT), which posits that we uphold certain cultural beliefs to manage our feelings of mortality, have rarely explored the potential benefits of death awareness. “This tendency […]

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Sheldon Solomon on Ernest Becker and Terror Management

Posted on September 17, 2011

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Related Situationist posts: Sheldon Solomon (Briefly) on Terror Management Edward P. Schwartz at Harvard Law Tomorrow (Tuesday) Trampling People While Whistling Rights: Normative Visions, Judicial Realities in Times of Terror The Situation of Attiudes about Progress Think Progress or Die “Terror […]

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Sheldon Solomon (Briefly) on Terror Management

Posted on September 14, 2011

Sheldon Solomon: As graduate students at the University of Kansas in the late 1970s Jeff Greenberg, Tom Pyszczynski, and I were interested in understanding the psychological underpinnings of prejudice and ethnic conflict as well as the nature and function of self-esteem. In 1980, I accidentally stumbled across the work of the late cultural anthropologist Ernest […]

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Terror Management Theory Goes Mainstream

Posted on February 22, 2009

In the Colorado Springs Gazette, Debbie Kelly has a nice article about the changing situation of Thomas Pyszczynski, a well known psychology professor at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (“UCCS”) who is one of several scholars behind terror management theory. * * * Two decades ago, Thomas Pyszczynski’s ideas about how people use their […]

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Are Thoughts of Death Conducive to Humor?

Posted on October 18, 2013

From DeGruyter: A New Study Shows an Increase in Humorous Creativity when Individuals are Primed with Thoughts of Death. Humor is an intrinsic part of human experience. It plays a role in every aspect of human existence, from day-to-day conversation to television shows. Yet little research has been conducted to date on the psychological function […]

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Edward P. Schwartz at Harvard Law Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Posted on September 12, 2011

The Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (or SALMS) kicks off its fall Speakers Series this upcoming Tuesday, September 13 when Edward P. Schwartz will present his talk: “Facing the Fearful Jury: Terror Management Theory in the Courtroom” in Pound 101 at noon. As part of our campus remembrance on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, SALMS invited Mr. Schwartz, a nationally […]

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Trampling People While Whistling Rights: Normative Visions, Judicial Realities in Times of Terror

Posted on June 22, 2011

Rio Pierce wrote this post for Law & Mind Blog: Marbury v. Madison, Miranda, and Brown v. Board of Education are hallmarks of a judicial canon that preaches a heroic vision of Constitutional Law arbitrated in our highest tribunal. These cases tell a story of the judicial process that reflects a flattering normative vision of […]

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Shared Human Experiences

Posted on May 3, 2011

Matt Motyl and his co-authors recently posted their excellent article, titled “Subtle Priming of Shared Human Experiences Eliminates Threat-Induced Negativity Toward Arabs, Immigrants, and Peace-Making” on SSRN (forthcoming  (April 20, 2011). Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. * * * Many studies demonstrate that mortality salience can increase negativity toward out-groups but few have examined variables […]

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The Situation of Attiudes about Progress

Posted on July 7, 2009

Paul Starobin of CNN.com has an interesting commentary on President Obama’s trip to Russia and how the President, in Starobin’s view, might receive an unenthusiastic welcome.  An excerpt of Starobin’s piece explains why. * * * But if Obama, more ambitiously, hopes to win over the hearts of the Russian people — along the lines […]

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Think Progress or Die

Posted on March 30, 2009

Tom Jacobs, on Miller-McCune has a helpful summary, titled “Fearing Death? Think Progress,” of fascinating research on terror management theory.  Here are some excerpts. * * * [M]ost of us cling to the notion of human progress, insisting that our children will inhabit a more just society, or that our own contribution will make the […]

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Perspectives on Psychological Science – Articles of Interest

Posted on February 20, 2008

Perspectives on Psychological Science * * * Volume 3, Issue 1 (01/08) * * * Introduction: From Philosophical Thinking to Psychological Empiricism – Page 1 By Constantine Sedikides: “The authors of [the articles in this issue] received a rather tall order. They were requested to (a) identify an important, broad, and vibrant topic in their […]

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The Situation of Ideology – Part II

Posted on December 12, 2007

Numerous Situationist contributors have been studying and writing about the situational sources of ideology. With the 2008 presidential campaign underway and with the political-ideological divisions apparently growing in depth and distance, that research seems particularly pertinent. In part for that reason, the theme of the March 8 conference hosted by the Project on Law and […]

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