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The Situation of Racism in LA Gangs

Posted on May 27, 2009

Thomas Watkins and Christina Hoag of the Associated Press have an interesting piece on the role of racism in LA gangs.  We excerpt it below. * * * In dueling newspaper opinion pieces last year, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca maintained that race fueled gang violence while Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said […]

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Hoyas, Hos, & Gangstas

Posted on April 12, 2007

Last month, on the eve of Georgetown University’s match-up with Ohio State University in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, we observed that many fans have questioned the ability of Georgetown players–who, since the 1980s, have almost all been African-American, and whose reputation has frequently centered on their “athleticism”–to “grasp” the “complex, precise” offense used […]

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Boston Magazine recognizes Michael McCann

Posted on October 22, 2013

Boston Magazine has released it’s “Best Boston Sports Personalities on Twitter” and Situationist Co-Founder & Contributor Michael McCann, who tweets @McCannSportsLaw, is on the list. Boston Magazine described McCann as “a Massachusetts attorney who represented Maurice Clarett in his attempt to declare early for the NFL Draft, McCann is as reputable a source as there […]

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The Interior Situation of Atrocities

Posted on January 10, 2012

From People’s World (an article summarizing recent research by Situationist Contributor Susan Fiske): Why do people commit atrocities? What is responsible for brutality and the cold blooded murder of innocents carried out by Nazis, the Hutu in Rwanda, or the United States against the Vietnamese people and more recently much of the civilian population of […]

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The Dehumanized Situation of Atrocities

Posted on December 17, 2011

From Duke Today, a story about recent research by Situationist Contributor Susan Fiske: A father in Louisiana bludgeoned and beheaded his disabled 7-year-old son last August because he no longer wanted to care for the boy. For most people, such a heinous act is unconscionable. But it may be that a person can become callous […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Conflict, Evolutionary Psychology, Morality, Neuroeconomics, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

Homo economicus at the Ballpark

Posted on October 12, 2011

Looking at ESPN.com on Monday evening, as I watched the once lowly Detroit Lions continue their strange journey to respectability, I came across a survey: Which of these NFL teams, currently under .500, has the best chance of making the playoffs? Eagles (1-4) Falcons (2-3) Jets (2-3) Personally, I don’t think any of these teams […]

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The Neuro-Situation of Wins and Losses

Posted on October 10, 2011

From Montreal Gazette: A new National Hockey League season is upon us, Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing and the National Football League’s regular season has been in session for about a month. As you fixate on your television, watching every move of your favourite athletes and longing for that great play or […]

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Do Doctors Lack Empathy?

Posted on August 29, 2011

Shortly after I finished Simon Baron-Cohen’s new book, The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty, I spoke to one of my friends who had just had an extremely bad interaction with a doctor.  The friend had just received a frightening diagnosis and when she went to ask more questions, the doctor […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Altruism, Book, Emotions | 4 Comments »

The Cause of Rioting? That’s Easy: Rioters!

Posted on August 16, 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron attributed the recent riots in his to “the slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in parts of our country these past few generations.”   The message may seem vaguely situationist at first blush, as Cameron emphasizes the problem of a “broken society.” But what he really seems to care about […]

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The Situation of Heroism

Posted on July 7, 2011

From NPR’s Morning Edition: In 1971, at Stanford University, a young psychology professor created a simulated prison. Some of the young men playing the guards became sadistic, even violent, and the experiment had to be stopped. The results of the Stanford Prison Experiment showed that people tend to conform — even when that means otherwise […]

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Posted in Altruism, Classic Experiments, Conflict, Education, Ideology, Life, Morality, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

Whitey Bulger’s Situation

Posted on July 5, 2011

From Northeastern News: Notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger — who eluded authorities for more than 16 years — is accused of murdering 19 people. Here, David DeSteno, associate professor of psychology at Northeastern University, who studies the role of emotion in social cognition and social behavior, assesses the mind of crime figures like Bulger […]

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The Situation of the Vancouver Riots

Posted on June 19, 2011

From ANewsVanIsland: It was a recipe for riot according to UVIC Social Psychologist Danu Stinson. Stinson says the large crowd, many wearing jerseys were left feeling faceless, anonymous and inhibited — that lack of self-awareness and personal accountability sparked and fuelled the riots. While Vancouver Police say anarchists and criminals were behind the mob that […]

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The Power of Suggestion

Posted on January 12, 2011

In the wake of the massacre in Tucson one of the debates has been over whether a toxic environment might have contributed to the assailant’s behavior.  Social psychology has demonstrated countless times the power of seemingly trivial situatonal forces to encourage hostility and violence.  One of the classics is a 1975 study of the effects […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Conflict, Education, Emotions, Morality, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

Dr. Z. on Dr. Phil

Posted on December 7, 2010

Heroic Imagination in Action, December 9, 2010. Situationist Contributor, Phil Zimbardo will co-host the DR. PHIL TV show, on: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 (for local airing times, see http://www.drphil.com). This program continues an earlier show (Oct. 25, 2010) that focused on The Lucifer Effect, understanding how good people can turn evil, and centered on the […]

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Sarah Jones on Stereotypes and Stereotyping

Posted on June 26, 2010

We highly recommend a 13-minute podcast in which Sarah Jones (a Tony Award winning playwright and performer) reflects on morals, racial stereotyping, and the perils of West Coast jaywalking.  You can listen to the podcast (recorded  live at The Moth Main Stage) here. * * * For a sample of related Situationist posts, see “Why […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Implicit Associations, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Hate Crimes

Posted on June 10, 2010

Here is another segment from John Quinones excellent ABC 20/20 series titled “What Would You Do?” — a series that, in essence, conducts situationist experiments through hidden-camera scenarios. This episode asks, “what would you do if you witnessed a hate crime?” (and includes analysis from social psychologist John Dovidio). * * * * * * […]

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Racial bias clouds ability to feel others’ pain

Posted on June 2, 2010

From EurekAlert!: When people witness or imagine the pain of another person, their nervous system responds in essentially the same way it would if they were feeling that pain themselves. Now, researchers reporting online on May 27th in Current Biology, . . . have new evidence to show that that kind of empathy is diminished […]

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Subconscious Human Bias in NCAA Tournament Selection

Posted on March 17, 2010

Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated has an engaging column on new research identifying subconscious bias in the selection of teams for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament (a.k.a. March Madness).  We excerpt it below. * * * The study, by Jay Coleman, Mike DuMond and Allen Lynch, looked at selection data from 10 tournaments (1999-2008) and […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Situationist Sports | 3 Comments »

The Situation of College Education: Why Going for the Money Makes Sense for Some Prep Players

Posted on August 31, 2009

Would you turn down a multi-million dollar contract in order to play for free? How about an education? This athlete did. Meet 17-year-old Enes Kanter. For any basketball fan, the scouting report on this Swiss-born Turkish basketball player is enticing: a physical specimen at 6’9″-6’10″ who possesses superior positioning and is a “clever defender.” A […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Situationist Contributors, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology | 6 Comments »

He’s a Banana-Eating Monkey, but I’m Not a Racist

Posted on August 3, 2009

Whatever may have been the payoffs of the recent discussion between Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley, Vice President Biden, and President Obama, the teachable moments unfortunately continue.  Last week, Crowley’s colleague, Officer Paul Barrett wrote an e-mail responding to a Boston Globe columnist this way: “If I was […]

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Posted in Conflict, Implicit Associations, Law, Politics, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

 
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