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Homophobia = Self-phobia?

Posted on April 8, 2012

From University of Rochester: Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates. The study is the first to document the role that both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, Emotions, Implicit Associations, Social Psychology, Video | 2 Comments »

Redirect

Posted on September 15, 2011

From the Atlantic, here is a review of Situationist Contributor Tim Wilson’s latest book: In our ceaseless quest for self-improvement and our relentless pursuit of happiness, most of us have had some brush with the world that lives on the spectrum between self-help books and legitimate clinical psychotherapy. But a compelling new (non-self-help) book suggests […]

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David Brooks, the Situationist

Posted on July 9, 2011

From New York Times: Over the past 50 years, we’ve seen a number of gigantic policies produce disappointing results — policies to reduce poverty, homelessness, dropout rates, single-parenting and drug addiction. Many of these policies failed because they were based on an overly simplistic view of human nature. They assumed that people responded in straightforward […]

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The Tiger Mother

Posted on February 8, 2011

Over at the new Law & Mind Blog, several Harvard Law students have been blogging about about system justification theory.  Here is one of those posts, written by first -year student Marty Ehlenbach. Yale Law Professor Amy Chua’s recently published book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother has become a seemingly endless source of fodder […]

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Posted in Book, Conflict, Education, Life, System Legitimacy | 1 Comment »

Hey Dove! Talk to YOUR parent!

Posted on September 21, 2009

[This post was first published in October of 2007.] Several weeks ago, as part of its much lauded “Dove Campaign for Real Beauty,” Unilever released “Onslaught,” a video (above) examining disturbing images of women in beauty-industry advertising. The video ends with this admonition to parents: “Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does.” It’s […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Life, Marketing, Video | 2 Comments »

Marc Hauser on the Situation of Morality

Posted on October 1, 2008

On the heals of yesterday’s post about Marc Hauser’s research, we thought the following videos would be of interest to our readers (viewers). * * * From TheTechMuseum: Understanding Genetics – An interview with Marc Hauser at the Future of Science Conference in Venice, Italy September 2006. Part 1 (3:40): You’ve written that the human […]

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Posted in Education, Morality, Neuroscience, Uncategorized, Video | Leave a Comment »

Your Kids Are Not All That

Posted on May 21, 2008

It’s a truism that parents tend to think their children are above-average. Julie Symth of the National Post has an interesting piece on what social psychology can say about this phenomenon. She details a new study by Andrew Wegner and Blaine J. Flowers of the University of Miami in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology […]

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The Situation of Standardized Test Scores

Posted on April 4, 2008

A press release from Science Daily describes a study indicating (perhaps unsurprisingly) that family wealth may play a significant role in explaining standardized test scores of children. * * * A new study published in the March/April 2008 issue of the journal Child Development finds that family wealth might partly explain differences in test scores […]

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The Situation of Flirting

Posted on February 14, 2008

For our Valentine’s-Day series, we’ve mashed up several recent articles summarizing some of the possible situational causes of flirting. The articles are Belinda Luscombe’s article in Time Magazine titled “Why We Flirt,” Joann Ellison Rodgers’s article in Psychology Today, “Flirting Fascination,” and Deborah A. Lott and Frank Veronsky’s piece in Psychology Today, “The New Flirting […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Emotions, Life, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

These Kids Today . . .

Posted on February 1, 2008

Lauren Pelley of the Western Gazette writes about a study published in the February issue of Psychological Science that suggests that adults have it wrong when they attribute a sense of entitlement and narcissism to youth. The study’s lead author is Western University psychology professor Kali Trzesniewski. We excerpt portions of Pelley’s article below. * […]

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Posted in Life, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Wise Parents Don’t Have “Smart” Kids

Posted on November 16, 2007

We have previously devoted several posts to the powerful effect of self-schemas personal narratives and, more specifically, to the remarkable research by Carol Dweck regarding the importance of how people think about intelligence and learning. In February of this year, Po Bronson wrote a terrific article in New York Magazine, in which he provided a […]

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Posted in Education, Life, Social Psychology | 5 Comments »

Hey Dove! Talk to YOUR parent!

Posted on October 21, 2007

Several weeks ago, as part of its much lauded “Dove Campaign for Real Beauty,” Unilever released “Onslaught,” a video (above) examining disturbing images of women in beauty-industry advertising. The video ends with this admonition to parents: “Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does.” It’s a powerful video with a disturbing collection of images. […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Life, Marketing | 23 Comments »

Only-Child Syndrome or Advantage?

Posted on August 19, 2007

Words like “selfish” and “self-absorbed” are commonly associated with only children. But are those stereotypes based on any evidence? And might only children actually be better off than those with siblings? JuJu Chang and Sara Holmberg of ABC News examines those questions in an article we have excerpted below. * * * The myth of […]

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Posted in Emotions, Life, Social Psychology | 78 Comments »

Car Bonding

Posted on May 30, 2007

Last month, we wrote about the unhappiness and unhealthiness associated with commuting by car. Today we bring you a more positive take on the situation of driving: how cars facilitate family discussions. Alison Roberts of the Modesto Bee has the story, and we excerpt portions of it below. * * * According to the 2005 […]

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