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You Shouldn’t Stereotype Stereotypes

Posted on August 26, 2007

In May, the American Psychological Society (APS) held their annual conference at which numerous prominent social psychologists gave presentations. The latest issue of Observer, the APS magazine, contains articles summarizing a few of those presentations. This is the third in a series of posts (to link to the first two, click here and here) by […]

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Posted in Conflict, Implicit Associations, Life, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

Unlevel Playing Fields: From Baseball Diamonds to Emergency Rooms

Posted on August 19, 2007

Previous Situationist posts have discussed the significance of implicit associations (a key feature of the human animal’s “interior situation”), including “Hoyas, Hos, & Gangstas,” “Race Attributions and Georgetown University Basketball,” “Black History is Now” and “Implicit Bias and Strawmen.” This post collects summaries of a number of recent studies suggesting how routinely implicit associations may […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Implicit Associations, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

The Situation of Death Row

Posted on August 3, 2007

Capital punishment is undoubtedly one of the more controversial and increasingly unique features of the American criminal justice system. While every European country (except Belarus), along with Canada and Australia, have abolished capital punishment, the United States is among a dwindling number of democracies, including Japan and India, that preserve it. Capital punishment isn’t available […]

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Posted in Law, Public Policy | 1 Comment »

Guilt and Racial Prejudice

Posted on August 1, 2007

We have explored the concept of “feeling guilty” on several occasions (e.g., Guilty or Not Guilty?: Law & Mind Meets Hamlet; Implicit Bias and Strawmen). We now bring you news of a new study by New York University psychologist David M. Amodio and his colleagues, Patricia G. Devine of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Eddie […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Public Policy, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

Spas and Girls

Posted on July 27, 2007

We have explored the intersection between social psychology, attitudes toward beauty, and marketing on several occasions (“Shades of Fairness and the Marketing of Prejudice“; “Fitting In and Sizing Up“; “Survival of the Cutest“; and “Black History is Now“). We now bring you excerpts from an article by Bonna Johnson in the Tennessean on how spas […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Life, Marketing | 2 Comments »

The Physical Pains of Discrimination

Posted on July 15, 2007

The intersection between race and social psychology has been examined in several posts on The Situationist, including by Jon Hanson and Michael McCann in “Black History is Now” and “Hoyas, Hos, & Gangstas,” by Jerry Kang in “Implicit Bias and Strawmen,” and by the Staff in “The Situation in New Olreans.” In today’s Boston Globe, […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Life, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Shades of Fairness and the Marketing of Prejudice

Posted on May 30, 2007

In a previous post, “Black History is Now,” Jon Hanson & Michael McCann discussed how shades of skin color play a surprisingly significant role in how we assess ourselves and others. As they described, studies have found, for instance, that dark-skinned Blacks are more than ten times more likely to experience frequent racial discrimination than […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Life, Marketing | 11 Comments »

Race Attributions and Georgetown University Basketball

Posted on March 30, 2007

Earlier this week, we wrote about how group identification and disidentification — “us” and “them” — gives rise to various motivated attributions of causation, responsibility, and blame. Our analysis focused on college basketball fans in the height of March Madness. The motivated attributions we discussed include the ultimate attribution error, which leads fans to attribute […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology | 8 Comments »

 
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