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Obama Emphasizes Situation: Romney Emphasizes Disposition

Posted on July 26, 2012

Related Situationist posts: The Situation of SuccessRandomness, Luck, Chance, and other Situational Forces Seeing Michael Phelps’s Gold Medal Situation Randomness, Luck, and other Situational Sources of Success and Failure The Situation of ‘Winners’ and ‘Losers’ Low-Effort Cognition and Political Ideology Jon Hanson on Law and Mind Sciences The Imagined Ideological Divide The Situation of Perceived Intentionality The Sound Situation of Beer Drinkers Ideology, Psychology, […]

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How Ted Kennedy’s Passing Influences ‘Obamacare’

Posted on September 12, 2009

Can Ted Kennedy’s death help shape future health care negotiations and pass a compromise bill?  Yes – but not for the reasons you think. On August 24, 2009, President Barack Obama’s ambitious health care agenda looked to be at serious risk.  Numerous sources such as MSNBC, CBS News, and even the blogosphere were noting that […]

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The Post-Obama Situation of Racism – Abstract

Posted on July 27, 2009

Ian Haney-Lopez, has recently posted his thoughtful paper, “Post-Racial Racism: Crime Control and Racial Stratification in the Age of Obama” on SSRN.  Here is the abstract. * * * What does the 2008 election of Barack Obama to the United States presidency portend for race in America? This Essay uses the tremendous racial disparities in […]

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The Situation of Voting for Obama

Posted on March 3, 2009

For the Stanford New Service, Adam Gorlick has summarized a fascinating study indicating that some people who voted for Obama may, as a consequence, be more inclined to favor whites. * * * The election of Barack Obama was as much a milestone in civil rights history as it was a political event. In newspaper […]

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Stereotype Lift – The Obama Effect

Posted on January 24, 2009

From Sam Dillon’s article, titled “Study Sees an Obama Effect as Lifting Black Test-Takers,” in yesterday’s New York Times. * * * . . . [R]esearchers have documented what they call an Obama effect, showing that a performance gap between African-Americans and whites on a 20-question test administered before Mr. Obama’s nomination all but disappeared […]

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The Situation of Conspiracy and President-Elect Obama’s Origin of Birth

Posted on December 9, 2008

Alex Koppelman of Salon has an interesting piece on the quixotic–and today, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court, rejected–claims that Barack Obama was not born a naturalized U.S. citizen, and thus should not be eligible to become President on January 20, 2009.  We excerpt the piece below. * * * Barack Obama can’t be president: […]

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What does an Obama victory mean?

Posted on November 22, 2008

After eight years under the same president, our country is on the verge of some major changes.  This is an exciting time.  The election of a new president encourages us to take a collective look in the mirror and it throws the spotlight on the distinctive characteristics of the person we’ve elected.  Whom we choose […]

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Posted in Ideology, Politics, Public Policy, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

The Situation of the Obama Presidency and Race Perceptions

Posted on November 10, 2008

Rick Montgomery and Scott Canon have an interesting piece in the Kansas City Star on how attitudes towards race may change as a result of the first African-American becoming President of the United States.  We excerpt the piece below. * * * Barack Obama’s ascension to the White House raises anew the question of whether […]

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The Psychology of Barack Obama as the Antichrist

Posted on August 8, 2008

We recently highlighted the possible role of implicit associations in the John McCain ad connecting Barack Obama to Britany Spears and Paris Hilton. To continue the discussion of possible subconscious manipulations in political ads, we bring you an interesting new article on McCain’s “The One” ad by Amy Sullivan of Time Magazine. Sullivan examines whether […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Implicit Associations, Life, Politics, Video | 20 Comments »

New Yorker Cover of the Obamas and Source Amnesia

Posted on July 14, 2008

We recently posted on an interesting op-ed in the New York Times, titled “Your Brain Lies to You” by Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt. Their op-ed discussed “source amnesia,” which refers to our brains’ tendency to remember information but not its source. Put another way, we are surprisingly prone to remembering that which we initially […]

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Posted in Politics, Social Psychology | 5 Comments »

The Situation of Criminal Defense

Posted on March 8, 2014

An op-ed by Situationist friend, Sam Wheeler in (Talking Points): On November 27, 1770, John Adams began the most important trial of his legal career. His clients were eight British soldiers who, when confronted by an angry gathering of Boston patriots, fired into the crowd, killing five. The soldiers were accused of murder and threatened […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Situationism

Posted on January 18, 2014

This post was originally published on January 22, 2007. * * * Monday’s holiday provides an apt occasion to highlight the fact that, at least by my reckoning, Martin Luther King, Jr. was, among other things, a situationist. To be sure, King is most revered in some circles for quotations that are easily construed as […]

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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 »

Tony Greenwald Wins the William James Fellow Award

Posted on April 8, 2013

From the Washington Daily (an article about Situationist friend Tony Greenwald): Even though a black man sits in the White House, and a gay woman legislates in the Senate, according to nearly two decades of research by a professor of psychology at the UW, Anthony Greenwald, most people are racially, ethnically, religiously, or sexually biased. […]

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2013 PLMS Conference – Save the Date!

Posted on April 6, 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. For more information, visit the conference website here. Here’s a draft of the day’s schedule. Tentative Schedule 9:30 am – Coffee, tea, […]

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Ryan Enos – SALMS Talk

Posted on March 1, 2013

SALMS hosted Ryan Enos at Harvard Law School on October 11, 2012, for a talk entitled “Mitt Romney Is Really, Really Good Looking: Do Attractiveness and Other Trivial Things Affect Elections?” The talk was part of the Mind Sciences & the Election series, which was cosponsored by American Constitution Society, HLS Republicans, HLS Democrats, and the Black […]

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The Implicit Party of “Independent” Voters

Posted on February 22, 2013

This post,  written by Carlee Beth Hawkins about her work with Situationist Contributor Brian Nosek, was recently published on the SPSP Blog. Voters sometimes cross party lines, but not very often:  In U.S. elections, for example, people who label themselves Democrats usually vote for the Democratic candidate and Republicans vote Republican. The recent 2012 election  […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Situationism

Posted on January 21, 2013

This post was originally published on January 22, 2007. * * * Monday’s holiday provides an apt occasion to highlight the fact that, at least by my reckoning, Martin Luther King, Jr. was, among other things, a situationist. To be sure, King is most revered in some circles for quotations that are easily construed as […]

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Don Kinder on the Role of Race in the 2012 Election – Today

Posted on November 1, 2012

“He’s Still Black: The Role of Race in the 2012 Presidential Election” With Dr. Don Kinder, University of Michigan Political Science Thursday, Nov. 1, 12 pm Austin North Free Chinese food! In 2008, Americans chose Barack Obama to be the 44th president of the United States. The following morning, The New York Times proclaimed that […]

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Peer Pressure and Voting

Posted on October 30, 2012

From The Harvard Gazzette: Many people believe that idealism motivates them to open their wallets for a favorite candidate or that civic duty motivates them to go to the polls to vote. But don’t discount peer pressure as an important factor in elections, a political scientist says. “We operate as a family, a neighborhood, a […]

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