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“Talk to an Iraqi” from This American Life 

Posted on June 1, 2010

From This American Life: “A young Iraqi ends up in America after fleeing Iraq and goes on a road trip to ask Americans questions about the War. But he approaches people in a very specific way, a way you might actually recognize from Peanuts comics. The conversations he has illuminate how we form opinions about […]

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Our Soldiers, Their Children: The Lasting Impact of the War in Iraq

Posted on June 28, 2007

Over the past few months, we have grown accustomed to articles in newspapers and magazines addressing the psychological problems our veterans are dealing with. No matter whether or not we support the war in Iraq, all Americans empathize with the soldiers, hoping that they receive the care necessary to have a promising future. However, there […]

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The Interior Situation of the Climate Change Skeptic

Posted on April 23, 2013

From the APS Observer, an article by Situationist Contributor John T. Jost and Erin P. Hennes A multitude of environmental scientists, among others, worry that future generations will look back at the present era as one in which the human race could have — and should have —taken decisive action to prevent (or at least […]

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Posted in Environment, Ideology, Politics, Public Policy, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology, System Legitimacy | 2 Comments »

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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Posted in Altruism, Conflict, Emotions, Implicit Associations, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Deep Capture Conference! – Tomorrow (Saturday)

Posted on April 12, 2013

On April 13, 2013 the Project on Law and Mind Sciences and the National Lawyers Guild are co-hosting a conference titled “Deep Capture: Psychology, Public Relations, Democracy, and Law” at Harvard Law School.  Details here. Here is the information about our speakers: Noam Chomsky is the Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy […]

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Race and Racism Among Children

Posted on May 25, 2012

From CNN: Anderson Cooper details a study that seeks to gain insight into the way black and white children perceive each other. A sample of related Situationist posts: The Pretense of Colorblindness “Talk to an Iraqi” from This American Life  The Situation of the Obama Presidency and Race Perceptions Color Conscious Situation of Neighborhood Choice The Legal and […]

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The Facial Situation of Presidential Candidates

Posted on May 16, 2012

From InMind (an outstanding article by Dr. Theresa DiDonato from a few years ago): If your citizenship comes with the responsibility – and privilege – of voting, then every few years you face an interesting challenge. Who will you vote for? Whether you choose to support an incumbent, a celebrated war hero, an experienced government […]

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Posted in Evolutionary Psychology, Ideology, Implicit Associations, Politics, Social Psychology | Leave a Comment »

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 Low-Status Situation of Corrupting Power

Posted on September 30, 2011

From Eureka Alert: Ever wonder why that government clerk was so rude and condescending? Or why the mid-level manager at your company always doles out the most demeaning tasks? Or, on a more profound level, why the guards at Abu Ghraib tortured and humiliated their prisoners? In a new study, researchers at USC, Stanford and […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Conflict, Life, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

Speaking Truth to the Situation

Posted on December 9, 2010

This week’s This American Life was titled “Last Man Standing,” which included three outstanding “stories about people who feel compelled to keep going, especially when everyone else has given up,” including: a story about the only Juror on the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich who believed he was innocent of trying to sell […]

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The Situation of an Airstrike

Posted on April 8, 2010

Benedict Carey wrote a great article, titled “Psychologists Explain Iraqi Airstrike Video” for the New York Times.  Here are some excerpts, with the addition of the videos to which the article refers. * * * The sight of human beings, most of them unarmed, being gunned down from above is jarring enough. But for many […]

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Posted in Conflict, Emotions, Illusions, Social Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Violence

Posted on December 2, 2009

From BBC’s Horizon: What makes ordinary people commit extreme acts of violence? In a thought-provoking and disturbing journey, Michael Portillo investigates one of the darker sides of human nature. He discovers what it is like to inflict pain and is driven to the edge of violence himself in an extreme sleep deprivation study. He meets […]

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The Painful Situation of Guilt

Posted on October 27, 2009

From Eureka Alert: The rationale behind torture is that pain will make the guilty confess, but a new study by researchers at Harvard University finds that the pain of torture can make even the innocent seem guilty. Participants in the study met a woman suspected of cheating to win money. The woman was then “tortured” […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Ideology, Social Psychology, System Legitimacy | 2 Comments »

Barbara Ehrenreich – a Situationist

Posted on October 14, 2009

Barbara Ehrenreich’s terrific, highly situationist, new book is now on the shelves, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America. From a related Time Magazine article here’s a brief sample of her writing on the topic of optimism. * * * If you’re craving a quick hit of optimism, reading a news […]

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Posted in Book, Cultural Cognition, Deep Capture, Emotions, Ideology, Life, Positive Psychology, System Legitimacy | 4 Comments »

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Tenet: “Guilty”

Posted on May 8, 2009

More than 10,000 people cast their votes during the last year and a half in a virtual voting booth at www.LuciferEffect.com. Their judgments accord with the recent Senate Armed Services bipartisan report that blames Bush officials for detainee abuse. It also finds that the prison guards and interrogators were not the “true culprits.” The vast majority […]

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Posted in History, Ideology, Law, Politics, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Selective Morality of Video Games

Posted on May 7, 2009

Modern day video games regularly feature violence and murder, sometimes with graphic details, such as blood or dismemberment.  Gamers are often rewarded for the most number of kills. While there has been some controversy about those games, talk of banning them has gone nowhere.  For the most part, in fact, people seem to be okay […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Life | 1 Comment »

Dick Cheney: A Situationist?

Posted on March 19, 2009

It is interesting that in an interview with CNN this past Sunday, former Vice President Dick Cheney, a hardcore dispositionist, offered a situationist-like defense of the troubles that ailed the Bush Administration. It appears that after walking in his own shoes for eight years, Cheney could see the situation and how it complicated the bright-line, […]

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Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

The Bush Frame: Us vs. Them; Good vs. Evil; Intentions vs. Consequences

Posted on January 16, 2009

President Bush’s farewell speech, like most (though not all) of his speeches, was full of dispositionism and largely devoid of situationist insight. His final remarks were apparently intended to remind and assure us that “we” are dispositionally different from “them” and that our country and its people have an essential character (good) while other countries […]

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Posted in Ideology, Politics, System Legitimacy | 7 Comments »

The Situation of a Loved One’s Clothes

Posted on January 15, 2009

Interesting piece by Linda Carroll of MSNBC on how we take comfort in the clothing worn by loved ones.  We excerpt the piece below. * * * As many as three-quarters of women say they snuggle with shirts and other clothing worn by someone dear, but not near, researchers reported in a study published in […]

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Posted in Emotions, Life | 4 Comments »

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Tenet: “Guilty”

Posted on December 19, 2008

More than 10,000 people cast their votes during the last year and a half in a virtual voting booth at www.LuciferEffect.com. Their judgments accord with the recent Senate Armed Services bipartisan report that blames Bush officials for detainee abuse. It also finds that the prison guards and interrogators were not the “true culprits.” The vast majority […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

 
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