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The Situation Cheating Students

Posted on June 29, 2013

From American Psychological Association (excerpts from an article by Ann Novotney): More than half of teenagers say they have cheated on a test during the last year — and 34 percent have done it more than twice — according to a survey of 40,000 U.S. high school students released in February by the nonprofit Josephson […]

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The Cheater’s Situation

Posted on May 25, 2013

From a very good 2011 NYTimes article by Benedict Carey, here are a few excerpts on some of the psychological dynamics behind cheating: [P]aradoxically, it’s often an obsession with fairness that leads people to begin cutting corners in the first place. “Cheating is especially easy to justify when you frame situations to cast yourself as […]

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Frontier Tort – Selling Beer in Whiteclay

Posted on April 15, 2013

At Harvard Law School in the fall of 2012, the 80 students in Professor Hanson’s situationist-orient torts class participated in an experimental group project in their first-year torts class. The project required students to research, discuss, and write a white paper about a current policy problem for which tort law (or some form of civil […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Food and Drug Law, History, Marketing, Morality, Neuroscience, Politics, Situationist Contributors | Leave a Comment »

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 Economic Situation of the Middle Class

Posted on May 2, 2012

From Harvard Gazzette: The American middle class has been battered by the loss of well-paying jobs for the 70 percent of the workforce without a college degree and failed by would-be protectors in government and private institutions, said panelists at the 35th Anniversary Forum of the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement on Friday. Former […]

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The Situation of the Voting Booth

Posted on April 4, 2012

Stanford University Press Release (2008): What would you say influenced your voting decisions in the most recent local or national election? Political preferences? A candidate’s stance on a particular issue? The repercussions of a proposition on your economic well-being? All these “rational” factors influence voting, and peoples’ ability to vote, based on what is best […]

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The Power of Word Choice: “Lifestyle” Diseases

Posted on April 23, 2011

As readers will note, I’ve been blogging a lot about the situation of obesity recently and so I read Mark Bittman’s recent op-ed in the New York Times,  “How to Save a Trillion Dollars,” with special attention. I agreed with a lot of what Bittman said about how changing our diets is one of the […]

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Preference, Principle, & Casuistry

Posted on April 2, 2011

From our sister blog, Law & Mind, here is an excellent post by Harvard Law LL.M. candidate David Simon. Simon summarizes a fascinating chapter by Situationist Contributors Eric Knowles and Peter Ditto (forthcoming in “Ideology, Psychology, and Law” (Jon Hanson, ed., 2011). * * * [T]he attribution of principle or its absence is more than […]

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The Situation of High Marginal Income Tax Rates and Motivation

Posted on October 5, 2010

A leading rationale against progressively higher income tax rates for top-earners is that high taxes will dissuade them from working hard, being innovative, or trying to be the best at whatever they do. This rationale has seemingly prevented a return of the very high marginal income tax rates used between 1951 and 1963, when taxable […]

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Posted in Ideology, Law, Public Policy | 4 Comments »

Why Do Lawyers Acquiesce in their Clients’ Misconduct? — Part IV

Posted on August 6, 2010

This is Part IV of my series, exploring the reasons why lawyers acquiesce in their clients’ frauds and other misconduct.  For background, please access Part I, Part II and Part III of this series.  In this segment, I will focus on the relationship between lawyers’ “role ideology”—normative visions about their professional role—and the inclination to […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Ideology, Morality, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Without the Filter

Posted on October 21, 2008

Governor Sarah Palin wants “to talk to Americans without the filter” of the “media elite.”  As she explained in the vice-presidential debate, she aims to cut out the middleman in conveying information to the public: “I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you [Senator Joe Biden] want to hear, but I’m […]

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Bracelet-Based Policy Making

Posted on September 29, 2008

Ever wonder why so much time is spent comparing jewelry and telling personal anecdotes in presidential debates (see short video above), even as many of the larger policy questions remain largely unexplored?  There are, of course, many reasons (some of which have been noted in previous Situationist posts), but Friday’s wrist-off reminded us of one […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Behavioral Economics, Choice Myth, Education, Morality, Public Policy | 2 Comments »

The Situation of Constitutional Beliefs – Abstract

Posted on September 7, 2008

Joshua Furgeson, Linda Babcock, and Peter Shane have a new article that will be of interest to many readers of the Situationist: “Do a Law’s Policy Implications Affect Beliefs About Its Constitutionality? An Experimental Test,” 32 Law Hum. Behav. 219 (2008). Here’s the abstract. * * * Although a substantial empirical literature has found associations […]

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On Being a Mindful Voter

Posted on June 3, 2008

This post was first published in January. We thought it was worth republishing today. Situationist contributor Mahzarin Banaji has an eloquent editorial, “We Don’t Know What We Think,” in yesterday’s Atlanta Constitution. We excerpt portions of it below. * * * Our intense scrutiny of the presidential candidates has produced a relentless stream of questions, […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Implicit Associations, Politics | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Judges

Posted on May 15, 2008

Below we have mashed up three articles about the recent, highly contentious Wisconsin Supreme Court election — “Big money, nasty ads highlight Wisconsin judicial race” by Bill Mears for CNN, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of a fair judiciary” from The Economist, and “Gableman victorious” by Stacy Forster and Patrick Marley for the Milwaukee Journal […]

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Naïve Cynicism in Election 2008: Dispositionism v. Situationism?

Posted on May 5, 2008

This post was originally published on April 23rd. Because the “elitism” card continues to played, we thought it worthwhile to republish this post for those who might have missed it the last time. * * * In case you missed it, the last week and a half have been a bit rough for the golden […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Ideology, Legal Theory, Naive Cynicism, Politics, Video | 3 Comments »

The Situationism of the Late Charles Tilly

Posted on May 4, 2008

Wikipedia on Charles Tilly: Examining political, social, and technological change in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present, Tilly attempted to explain the the unprecedented success of the nation-state as the dominant polity on Earth. According to his theory, military innovation in pre-modern Europe (especially gunpowder and mass armies) made war extremely expensive. As […]

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On Being a Mindful Voter

Posted on January 24, 2008

Situationist contributor Mahzarin Banaji has an eloquent editorial, “We Don’t Know What We Think,” in yesterday’s Atlanta Constitution. We excerpt portions of it below: * * * Our intense scrutiny of the presidential candidates has produced a relentless stream of questions, some thoughtful and relevant, others spectacularly irrelevant and even embarrassing: Why are you not […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Politics | 2 Comments »

Deep Capture – Part VII

Posted on January 10, 2008

This is the seventh of a multi-part series on what Situationist Contributor David Yosifon and I call “deep capture.” The most basic prediction of the “deep capture” hypothesis is that there will be a competition over the situation (including the way we think) to influence the behavior of individuals and institutions and that those individuals, […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Marketing, Politics, Public Policy | 5 Comments »

The Financial Squeeze: Bad Choices or Bad Situations?

Posted on November 2, 2007

Bob Sullivan wrote a terrific article last month on the sources of pressing debt loads for much of America’s middle class. It reviews and echoes some of the best research on how situational forces are attributed to the dispositions of the individuals and families feeling the squeeze of situation. We have excerpted Sullivan’s article below. […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture | 7 Comments »

 
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