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Jim Sidanius “Terror, Intergroup Violence, and the Law.”

Posted on October 14, 2010

In his fascinating presentation at Harvard Law School on September 12, 2010, Professor Sidanius discussed ways in which the legal system has been, and continues to be, used as a means to effectuate intergroup violence, particularly through the criminal justice system.  Here is a video of that that talk [Duration: 54:10]. Professor Sidanius, a Harvard […]

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Jim Sidanius Returns to Harvard Law School

Posted on September 12, 2010

On Monday, September 12th, the HLS Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) is hosting a talk by Professor Jim Sidanius entitled “Under Color of Authority: Terror, Intergroup Violence, and the Law.” Professor Sidanius, a Harvard University professor in the departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies, focuses his research on the […]

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Jim Sidanius, “Under Color of Authority: Terror, Intergroup Violence and ‘The Law’”

Posted on November 3, 2009

Jim Sidanius is a Professor in the departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.  His primary research interests include the political psychology of gender, group conflict, institutional discrimination and the evolutionary psychology of intergroup prejudice. At the second annual conference on Law and Mind Sciences, which took place im March […]

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2013 SPSP Awards

Posted on October 11, 2013

From SPSP Website: September 18, 2013 – When you pass by a stranger in need of help, do you stop to lend a hand? Maybe not… A landmark 1973 study found that seminary students in a hurry were less likely to help someone in distress, even when they were on their way to deliver a […]

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“Ordinary Men” in Evil Situations

Posted on October 3, 2013

A few excerpts from an outstanding 1992 New York Times book review by Walter Reich of Christopher Browning’s remarkable book, “Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland“: We know a lot about how the Germans carried out the Holocaust. We know much less about how they felt and what they […]

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Seeing Violence; Doing Violence

Posted on June 26, 2013

From Case Western Reserve University on Newswise: Aggression in school-age children may have its origins in children 3 years old and younger who witnessed violence between their mothers and partners, according to a new Case Western Reserve University study. “People may think children that young are passive and unaware, but they pay attention to what’s […]

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Posts on the Situation of Evil

Posted on April 19, 2013

For readers interested in previous posts about the situation of evil behavior, here are links to a sample: The Science of Evil Zimbardo Lecture on How Good People Turn Evil The Devil You Know . . . The Situation of Evil Situational Sources of Evil – Part III See also Part I and Part II of this Series. Deindividuation and […]

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The Boston Bombings and the Cognitive Limits of Empathy

Posted on April 17, 2013

From Situationist friend and Harvard Law School 3L, Kate Epstein, an essay about Monday’s tragedy: As I hear reactions to the bombings at the marathon on Monday, I find myself agreeing with Glenn Greenwald’s column in The Guardian, titled “The Boston bombing produces familiar and revealing reactions: As usual, the limits of selective empathy, the […]

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The Situation of Privilege

Posted on September 24, 2012

From NortonSOC: Shamus Khan (Columbia University) discusses his C. Wright Mills award-winning book, Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School, and how elite schools “convert birthright into credentials” for privileged students. Here is a summary of the book: As one of the most prestigious high schools in the nation, St. Paul’s […]

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Jonathan Haidt on the Situation of Religious Beliefs

Posted on August 22, 2012

From TED: Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer. Jonathan Haidt studies how — and why — we evolved to be moral. By understanding […]

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The Situation of Political Ideology

Posted on May 5, 2012

Related Situationist posts: Low-Effort Cognition and Political Ideology Ideology, Psychology, and Law – Introduction Ideology and Grading The Imagined Ideological Divide Ideology, Psychology, and Law – Available Now! The Situation of Ideology – Part I Ideology is Back Ideology Shaping Situation of Vice Versa The Great Attributional Divide Naive Cynicism The Situation of Polarization Psychology of Inequality, Jim Sidanius ‘Terror, Intergroup Violence, and […]

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Looking for the Evil Actor – Reposted

Posted on March 10, 2012

Five years ago Jon Hanson and Michael McCann wrote and published the following post about Joseph Kony as part of a series on the the situational source of evil.  In light of the attention Kony is now getting (see Youtube video, “Kony 2012,” here or at bottom of this post), we thought it might be […]

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The Situation of Psychopathy

Posted on January 20, 2012

A former student of mine, Brett Murphy, has co-authored a fascinating and sophisticated paper on the roots of psychopathy, which you can download on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. “Psychopathy” is a psychopathological construct involving a diverse set of affective deficits and behavioral disinhibitions that result in substantial antisocial behavior, and includes traits such as extreme […]

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Pinker on the Changing Situation of Violence

Posted on November 21, 2011

From the Harvard Gazette: Steven Pinker wants you to know that violence has declined. Despite civil wars in Africa and the Mideast, ongoing strife in Afghanistan, and the barrage of local and national crimes reported on the nightly news, people are living in a much more peaceful era than they might think. “During the thousands […]

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9/11 Remembered

Posted on September 11, 2011

A number of Situationist posts have discussed the causes an consequences of the 9/11 attacks or have been related, sometimes only implicitly, to the war on terror.  Here is a sample: Attributing Blame — from the Baseball Diamond to the War on Terror Jeffrey Sachs on the Situation of Global Poverty Trampling People While Whistling Rights: Normative […]

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Ideology and Grading

Posted on May 22, 2011

From Inside Higher Ed: Republican professors and Democratic professors presumably produce different outcomes when they enter the ballot box, but what about when they record grades? A forthcoming study finds that there may be notable differences. Democratic professors appear to be “more egalitarian” than their Republican counterparts when it comes to grading, meaning that more […]

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Holder on the Situation of Violence

Posted on May 11, 2011

In 2010, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of the “Defending Childhood” initiative to help prevent children’s and young people’s exposure to violence, mitigate its effects and put an end to cycles of violence that undermine the public’s health. During this webcast, he described his vision for this initiative and its progress so […]

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25 Mil­lion Years of Us vs. Them

Posted on March 21, 2011

From World News: Like peo­ple, some of our mon­key cousins tend to take an “us ver­sus them” view of the world, a study has found. This sug­gests that the ten­den­cy for hu­man groups to clash may stem from a dis­tant ev­o­lu­tion­ary past, sci­en­tists say. Yale Un­ivers­ity re­search­ers led by psy­chol­o­gist Lau­rie San­tos found in a […]

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Posted in Conflict, Evolutionary Psychology, Implicit Associations, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

John Palfrey’s PLMS Conference Reflections

Posted on February 27, 2011

The brilliant John Palfrey posted some of his reflections about Saturday’s PLMS conference on his blog.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Today, Prof. Jon Hanson is hosting the Fifth Conference on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School.  The idea, dating back to 2007, has been to “introduce to scholars and students […]

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The Tragedy in Tucson: What Do You Think?

Posted on January 10, 2011

The unfolding news and debates about causes and consequences of yesterday’s tragic violence are raising many of the issues and themes common to this blog.  We hoped our readers would weigh in and share their thoughts and reactions to the events themselves and media discourse that has followed:  Bad Apple? Disposition? Context?  Situation? Spiraling conflict? […]

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