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Uncovering the Situation With Technology

Posted on February 11, 2011

I have a distinct memory of coming home from school one day in seventh grade and announcing to my parents that the Fairfax County Public School System had gone off the deep end.  Why? They were forcing all students to learn how to touch-type! How utterly useless!  I was never, ever going to need this […]

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The Future Situation of “Orwellian” Technology

Posted on September 11, 2008

Liz Tay of Channel Business Leaders has an interesting piece on future technologies that may alter the situations in which we live.  We excerpt the piece below. * * * [People who use on-line services] are not taking appropriate measures to protect themselves or their data, according to social psychologist Saadi Lahlou. Describing a ‘privacy […]

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Emotions, Values, and Information: The Future of Nanotechnology

Posted on April 4, 2007

Do you know very much about nanotechnology? Which do you think will predominate — its benefits or its risks? If you either answered “yes” to the first question, or assumed answering “no” disqualified you from offering an opinion on the second, you are unusual. We (Paul Slovic, Don Braman, John Gastil, Geoffrey Cohen and I), […]

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Posted in Cultural Cognition, Emotions, Politics, Public Policy, Social Psychology | 6 Comments »

The Psychological Situation of Markets

Posted on July 8, 2013

From Caltec News (by Marcus Woo): When it comes to economics versus psychology, score one for psychology. Economists argue that markets usually reflect rational behavior—that is, the dominant players in a market, such as the hedge-fund managers who make billions of dollars’ worth of trades, almost always make well-informed and objective decisions. Psychologists, on the […]

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The Situation of Bran-Scan Lie Detectors

Posted on June 15, 2013

Lauren Kirchner of Pacific Standard Magazine has an interesting piece on the science on brain-scan lie detectors and concerns about law enforcement using them. * * * The brain-scan “guilt detection test” is a newer technology that supposedly measures electrical activity in the brain, which would be triggered by specific memories during an interrogation. “When presented […]

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The Big Game: What Corporations Are Learning About the Human Brain

Posted on February 3, 2013

This post (authored by Adam Benforado) was originally published on February 4, 2007. As I stake out my position on the couch this evening – close enough to reach the pretzels and my beer, but with an optimal view of the TV – it will be nice to imagine that the spectacle about to unfold […]

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Posted in Emotions, Entertainment, Food and Drug Law, Implicit Associations, Life, Marketing, Situationist Sports | 1 Comment »

Jeremy Bailenson on Virtual Reality

Posted on January 9, 2013

From Pacific Standard (a brief excerpt from a long, worthwhile article about the work of Jeremy Bailenson): A few years ago, a research psychologist at Stanford University named Jeremy Bailenson effectively proved the soundness of Anderson’s recruitment methods (pdf). A week before the 2004 presidential election, Bailenson asked a bunch of prospective voters to look at photographs […]

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Posted in Book, Illusions, Video | 1 Comment »

The Deeply Captured Situation of “Defensive Medicine”

Posted on September 28, 2012

Sidney Shapiro, Thomas Owen McGarity, Nicholas Vidargas, and James Goodwin, have recently published their White Paper, titled “The Truth About Torts: Defensive Medicine and the Unsupported Case for Medical Malpractice ‘Reform’” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. In the debate about health care reform, “defensive medicine” has become a convenient culprit for rising costs and especially […]

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Rebecca Saxe on the State of Cognitive Neuroscience

Posted on September 26, 2012

Rebecca Saxe is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She is also an associate member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. She is known for her research on the neural basis of social cognition. Related Situationist posts: Rebecca Saxe on Situationism Rebecca Saxe on how […]

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Posted in Marketing, Neuroscience, Video | 1 Comment »

Mindfulness in School

Posted on August 14, 2012

From On Point Radio (with Tom Ashbrook): American children need reading, writing and arithmetic.  They need science, technology, engineering, art, literature.  They also, says a new movement, need a psychological tool kit filled with attention, perseverance, emotional control, “mindfulness.”  Some now call it character. The habits of mind that make all else possible.  Taught in […]

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Posted in Education, Positive Psychology | 1 Comment »

Comparing Distractions – Beer versus Facebook

Posted on February 8, 2012

From PsychCentral: Getting your work done and even just chatting with your friends on Facebook or Twitter are harder desires for Germans to resist than drinking or smoking, according to a paper presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s annual meeting in San Diego last week. Researchers found the hardest desires to resist were […]

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The Big Game: What Corporations Are Learning About the Human Brain

Posted on February 5, 2012

This post was originally published on February 4, 2007. As I stake out my position on the couch this evening – close enough to reach the pretzels and my beer, but with an optimal view of the TV – it will be nice to imagine that the spectacle about to unfold is a sporting event.It […]

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Posted in Emotions, Entertainment, Food and Drug Law, Implicit Associations, Life, Marketing, Situationist Sports | 4 Comments »

Officer Selection – Harvard SALMS

Posted on January 22, 2012

SALMS is excited to announce the opening of 2012 Officer Selection process, and to prepare for the new year with a Board meeting on Friday, 1/27 at noon in Houser 101: 1. NEW OFFICER SELECTION: In the next few weeks, SALMS will begin a transition from its current officer class to the leadership that will […]

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Marines Defiling Dead Taliban – Might Recent Neuroscience Shed Light?

Posted on January 11, 2012

From The Daily Princetonian: Failure in the part of the brain that controls social functions could explain why regular people might commit acts of ruthless violence, according to new study by a University research team. A particular network in the brain is normally activated when we meet someone, empathize with him and think about his […]

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The Situation of Michael S. Gazzaniga

Posted on November 15, 2011

From The New York Times, a terrific article about Michael Gazzaniga: The scientists exchanged one last look and held their breath. Everything was ready. The electrode was in place, threaded between the two hemispheres of a living cat’s brain; the instruments were tuned to pick up the chatter passing from one half to the other. […]

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Friends on the Brain

Posted on October 27, 2011

Have a lot of friends on Facebook? Think that makes you special? Well, researchers at University College London suggest that you might just be right. According to a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Facebook users with the largest number of pals had greater brain density in areas of the brain […]

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Lining Them Up, and Knocking Them Down

Posted on June 17, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the situation of the dreaded airport security line after I contacted the TSA with a few questions about their operations.  The text of the op-ed appears here and below: Hate Airport Security?  Get in Line. What is the single most frustrating thing […]

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The Neuro-Situation of Shopping Choices

Posted on May 16, 2011

From ScienceDaily: Researchers at Oxford University are to study ‘neuromarketing’, a relatively new field of consumer and market research, which uses brain imaging and measurement technology to study the neural processes underlying an individual’s choice. Neuromarketing claims to reveal how consumers assess, deliberate and choose in a variety of contexts. According to neuromarketers this growing […]

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Posted in Marketing, Neuroscience | 1 Comment »

John Palfrey’s PLMS Conference Reflections

Posted on February 27, 2011

The brilliant John Palfrey posted some of his reflections about Saturday’s PLMS conference on his blog.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Today, Prof. Jon Hanson is hosting the Fifth Conference on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School.  The idea, dating back to 2007, has been to “introduce to scholars and students […]

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Blogroll Review – Part 6

Posted on February 21, 2011

Over at the terrific new Law & Mind Blog, some Harvard Law students are writing a series of posts reviewing other mind-science blogs. Each post provides a summary of several blogs and features one that the author finds especially valuable. Here’s Part 6 of that series (authored by 1L Marty Ehlenbach). Neuroanthropology: Featured Blog Neuroscience and anthropology, […]

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