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BBC Replicates Bargh’s Famous Priming Study

Posted on July 23, 2012

Related Situationist posts: John Bargh Responds John Bargh on Situational Behavioral Influences The Situation of Skin Money Priming Shared Human Experiences Hanson’s Chair Lecture on Situationism Body Image and Materialism Law, Competition, Self-Interest The Situation of Being Green Survival of the Cutest, Denial, The Situational Effects of Hand-Washing, Unclean Hands, Bargh and Baumeister and the Free Will Debate — Part I & Part II, Social Psychology and […]

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Money Priming

Posted on September 21, 2011

From the BBC’s “Bang Goes the Theory Team.” Related Situationist posts: Shared Human Experiences Body Image and Materialism Law, Competition, Self-Interest The Situation of Being Green “Denial,” The Situational Effects of Hand-Washing,” “Unclean Hands,” “Bargh and Baumeister and the Free Will Debate — Part I & Part II” “Social Psychology and the Unconscious: The Automaticity of Higher Processes,” “Situation of Consumption,” “The Color of […]

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The Helpful Crisis in Psychology

Posted on May 1, 2013

From The New Yorker, excerpts from an outstanding article by by Gary Marcus: According to the headlines, social psychology has had a terrible year—and, at any rate, a bad week. The New York Times Magazine devoted nearly seven thousand words to Diederik Stapel, the Dutch researcher who committed fraud in at least fifty-four scientific papers, […]

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Recent Research on Well-Being, Giving, Getting, and Gratitude

Posted on February 20, 2013

From SPSP Press Release: Giving away money to feel wealthy New research shows that people all around the world – from Canada to Uganda, from South Africa to India – derive more happiness from spending money on others than they do on themselves. For the first time, we show that giving away money or spending […]

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Posted in Altruism, Distribution, Emotions, Positive Psychology | 1 Comment »

Michael Norton on Pro-Social Spending

Posted on September 12, 2012

From TEDtalks: Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don’t spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people. Related Situationist posts: Kathleen Vohs on Money’s Situational Effects Materialism, Consumerism, and Happiness The […]

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Kathleen Vohs on Money’s Situational Effects

Posted on September 4, 2012

From Stanford Business: Money changes people’s motivations — increasing their sense of self sufficiency and even making them keep a greater physical distance from others. After focusing on money, individuals work longer before asking for help, are less helpful to others, and prefer to play and work alone. Kathleen D. Vohs presented at the “Small […]

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Materialism, Consumerism, and Happiness

Posted on September 2, 2012

From APS: Money doesn’t buy happiness. Neither does materialism: Research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is not just a personal problem. It’s also environmental. “We found that irrespective […]

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Posted in Marketing, Positive Psychology, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

The Situation of Money-Based Happiness

Posted on August 12, 2012

An excerpt from a recent, terrific New York Times piece by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton: The notion that money can’t buy happiness has been around a long time — even before yoga came into vogue. But it turns out there is a measurable connection between income and happiness; not surprisingly, people with a comfortable […]

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Posted in Altruism, Book, Deep Capture, Distribution, Emotions, Illusions, Life, Positive Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

Money Feelings

Posted on May 10, 2012

Hyun Young Park and Tom Meyvis, recently posted their paper, “Feeling Immoral About Money: How Moral Emotions Influence Spending Decisions” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract: Prior literature suggests that consumers who feel negative moral emotions engage in a moral compensation process that is generalized and flexible. In contrast, the current research demonstrates that consumers who […]

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Resisting Materialism

Posted on April 15, 2012

From the Center for a New American Dream (centernewdream) at http://www.newdream.org: Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being. When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that “the good life” is “the goods life,” they not only use up Earth’s limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined […]

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The Costs of Living in a Material World

Posted on April 11, 2012

Are “material girls” born or bred? In four new experiments, Northwestern University psychologist Galen V. Bodenhausen and his colleagues Monika A. Bauer, James E. B. Wilkie, and Jung K. Kim shed some light on this question. Here is the abstract of the paper, forthcoming in Psychological Science: Correlational evidence indicates that materialistic individuals experience relatively […]

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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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Enclothed Cognition

Posted on March 14, 2012

From Miller-McCune: That’s the implication of a newly published study, which found wearing a white lab coat — a piece of clothing associated with care and attentiveness — improved performance on tests requiring close and sustained attention. Importantly, the effect was not found when the garment in question was identified as a visual artist’s coat. […]

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John Bargh Responds

Posted on March 11, 2012

On his blog, The Natural Unconscious, Situationist Contributor John Bargh has posted a long response to an article written by a group of social psychologists who were unable to replicate one of Bargh’s classic studies.  Here’s the opening paragraph of Bargh’s post: Scientific integrity in the era of pay-as-you-go publications and superficial online science journalism. […]

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The Situation of Willpower

Posted on January 4, 2012

With New Year’s resolutions still reasonably fresh in mind, we thought we’d add another post or two on what the mind sciences teach about how better to achieve those elusive goals. The current APA Monitor includes an excellent interview (by Kirsten Weir) of Roy Baumeister, social psychology’s guru on willpower.  We highly recommend his new […]

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John Bargh on Situational Behavioral Influences

Posted on December 8, 2011

Situationist Contributor, John Bargh describes his remarkable research on “unsconscious behavioral guidance systems.” Related Situationist posts: The Situation of Skin Money Priming Shared Human Experiences Hanson’s Chair Lecture on Situationism Body Image and Materialism Law, Competition, Self-Interest The Situation of Being Green Survival of the Cutest, Denial, The Situational Effects of Hand-Washing, Unclean Hands, Bargh and Baumeister and the Free Will Debate — Part I […]

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The Fundamental(ist) Attribution Error

Posted on December 4, 2011

Situationist Contributor Eric Knowles and his co-authors (Yexin Jessica Li, Kathryn Johnson, Adam Cohen, Melissa Williams, and Zhansheng) recently published a terrific situationist article, “Fundamental(ist) attribution error: Protestants are dispositionally focused, in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Nov 14, 2011.  Here’s the abstract: Attribution theory has long enjoyed a prominent role in social […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Deep Capture, Ideology, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

The Embodied Situation of our Cognitions

Posted on November 7, 2011

From Scientific American: Embodied cognition, the idea that the mind is not only connected to the body but that the body influences the mind, is one of the more counter-intuitive ideas in cognitive science. In sharp contrast is dualism, a theory of mind famously put forth by Rene Descartes in the 17th century when he […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Embodied Cognition | 1 Comment »

Implicit Juror Bias

Posted on November 1, 2011

Anna Roberts posted her article, “(Re)Forming the Jury: Detection and Disinfection of Implicit Juror Bias” (Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 44, 2012) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract. * * * This Article investigates whether one of the most intractable problems in trial procedure can be ameliorated through the use of one of the most striking […]

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Shared Human Experiences

Posted on May 3, 2011

Matt Motyl and his co-authors recently posted their excellent article, titled “Subtle Priming of Shared Human Experiences Eliminates Threat-Induced Negativity Toward Arabs, Immigrants, and Peace-Making” on SSRN (forthcoming  (April 20, 2011). Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. * * * Many studies demonstrate that mortality salience can increase negativity toward out-groups but few have examined variables […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Conflict, Implicit Associations, Life | 1 Comment »

 
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