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Not Your Granparents’ Prejudice

Posted on April 26, 2013

From NPR’s Code Switch (by Shankar Vedantam) a story about Situationist Contributor Mahzarin Banaji and Situationist friend Tony Greenwald. Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji was once approached by a reporter for an interview. When Banaji heard the name of the magazine the reporter was writing for, she declined the interview: She didn’t think much of the […]

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The Interior Situation of the Climate Change Skeptic

Posted on April 23, 2013

From the APS Observer, an article by Situationist Contributor John T. Jost and Erin P. Hennes A multitude of environmental scientists, among others, worry that future generations will look back at the present era as one in which the human race could have — and should have —taken decisive action to prevent (or at least […]

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Posted in Environment, Ideology, Politics, Public Policy, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology, System Legitimacy | 2 Comments »

Deep Capture Conference! – Tomorrow (Saturday)

Posted on April 12, 2013

On April 13, 2013 the Project on Law and Mind Sciences and the National Lawyers Guild are co-hosting a conference titled “Deep Capture: Psychology, Public Relations, Democracy, and Law” at Harvard Law School.  Details here. Here is the information about our speakers: Noam Chomsky is the Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy […]

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Revisiting Milgram and Zimbardo’s Studies

Posted on November 23, 2012

A new essay in PLOS Biology returns to the path-breaking research of Stanley Milgram and Situationist Contributor Phil  Zimbardo and asks whether the studies demonstrate the power of blind conformity or something else.  In particular, the authors, Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher, are interested in the possibility that social identification might be driving the dynamic.  […]

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Thanksgiving as “System Justification”

Posted on November 21, 2012

This post was first published on November 21, 2007. Thanksgiving has many associations — struggling Pilgrims, crowded airports, autumn leaves, heaping plates, drunken uncles, blowout sales, and so on. At its best, though, Thanksgiving is associated with, well, thanks giving. The holiday provides a moment when many otherwise harried individuals leading hectic lives decelerate just […]

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Posted in History, Ideology, System Legitimacy | 1 Comment »

Warmth or Competence – Not Both

Posted on October 16, 2012

From the Daily Princtonian (an article about a paper co-authored by Situationist Contributor, Susan Fiske): To appear warm people convey themselves as less competent, and to appear competent people convey themselves as less warm, according to a recent study conducted by a team of researchers in the psychology department. The study, published by Ph.D. candidate […]

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Posted in Evolutionary Psychology, Implicit Associations, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

Compliance – The Movie

Posted on August 20, 2012

From MagnoliaPictures: When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right? Inspired by true events, COMPLIANCE tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd (Garden […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Morality, Social Psychology, Video | 2 Comments »

The Power of Stereotypes and Need for “Affirmative Meritocracy”

Posted on June 3, 2012

From Stanford University News: When it comes to affirmative action, the argument usually focuses on diversity. Promoting diversity, the Supreme Court ruled in 2003, can justify taking race into account. But some people say this leads to the admission of less qualified candidates over better ones and creates a devil’s choice between diversity and merit. […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Conflict, Distribution, Education, Implicit Associations, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Racial Situation of 2012 Election

Posted on May 8, 2012

From University of Washington Newswire: After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, many proclaimed that the country had entered a post-racial era in which race was no longer an issue. However, a new large-scale study shows that racial attitudes have already played a substantial role in 2012, during the Republican primaries. They may play […]

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The Situation of Emotion

Posted on April 27, 2012

From by UCtelevision: Robert Levenson, UC Berkeley Department of Psychology, explores the changes in emotion that occur with age. Much of his research focuses on the nature of human emotion, in terms of its physiological manifestations, variations in emotion associated with age, gender, culture, and pathology, and the role emotion plays in interpersonal interactions. A […]

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Botoxifying Empathy

Posted on March 28, 2012

From The Guardian (by Ian Tucker): Tanya L Chartrand is a pro­fessor of psychology and neu­ro­science at the Duke Uni­versity Fuqua School of Busi­ness in North Car­olina. With David T Neal from the Uni­versity of South­ern California she re­cently pub­lished a paper enti­tled “Embod­ied Emotion Perception: Amplifying and Damp­ening Facial Feedback Modulates Emotional Perception Accuracy”, […]

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The Situational Effect of Names

Posted on February 14, 2012

From Eureka Alert: Having a simple, easy-to-pronounce name is more likely to win you friends and favour in the workplace, a study by Dr Simon Laham at the University of Melbourne and Dr Adam Alter at New York University Stern School of Business, has found. In the first study of its kind, and published in […]

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The Situation of “Opting Out”

Posted on December 29, 2011

Since the early 2000s, much of  Situationist Contributors’ research, writing, teaching, and speaking has focused on the role of “choice,” “the choice myth,” and “choicism” in rationalizing injustice and inequality, particularly in the U.S.  (e.g., The Blame Frame: Justifying (Racial) Injustice in America).  That work has, among other factors, helped to inspire a growing body of fascinating […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, Distribution, Social Psychology | Leave a Comment »

Thanksgiving as “System Justification”

Posted on November 23, 2011

This post was first published on November 21, 2007. Thanksgiving has many associations — struggling Pilgrims, crowded airports, autumn leaves, heaping plates, drunken uncles, blowout sales, and so on. At its best, though, Thanksgiving is associated with, well, thanks giving. The holiday provides a moment when many otherwise harried individuals leading hectic lives decelerate just […]

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Posted in History, Ideology, System Legitimacy | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Penn State Bystanders

Posted on November 14, 2011

Many blame-laden fingers have been pointed at those who didn’t act immediately and decisively to stop the sexual atrocities that took place at Penn State.  We all know what the right thing to do was, and we are all confident that we would have done it. But should we be? To state the obvious, what […]

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The Bystander Effect at Penn State

Posted on November 12, 2011

From Time: The grand jury investigation that resulted in 40 counts of child abuse against Penn State’s former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, has raised profoundly unsettling psychological and moral questions about the actions — or lack thereof — of others involved in the case. Head football coach Joe Paterno was fired by the university on […]

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Posted in Education, Illusions, Morality, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Heroism

Posted on July 7, 2011

From NPR’s Morning Edition: In 1971, at Stanford University, a young psychology professor created a simulated prison. Some of the young men playing the guards became sadistic, even violent, and the experiment had to be stopped. The results of the Stanford Prison Experiment showed that people tend to conform — even when that means otherwise […]

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Posted in Altruism, Classic Experiments, Conflict, Education, Ideology, Life, Morality, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

Susan Fiske’s New Book

Posted on June 26, 2011

Situationist Contributor Susan Fiske’s latest book, Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us, is a must read!  Here’s a description. * * * The United States was founded on the principle of equal opportunity for all, and this ethos continues to inform the nation’s collective identity. In reality, however, absolute equality is elusive. The […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Distribution, Emotions, Life, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Claude Steele Returns to Stanford

Posted on June 14, 2011

From Stanford News: Claude Steele, provost of Columbia University and a preeminent scholar of social psychology, will be the next dean of Stanford University’s School of Education, President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy announced today. Steele was a member of the Stanford faculty from 1991 to 2009, when he assumed the position as chief […]

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Group Influence

Posted on June 2, 2011

From the instructional video series Psychology: The Human Experience: Influence explains individuality, group behavior, and deindividuation. Related Situationist posts: The Power of the Situation “Video on the Original Milgram Experiment,” Gender Conformity “Solomon Asch’s Classic Group-Influence Experiment,” “The Situational Effect of Groups,” Milgram-Inspired Movie “The Situation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments,” “Milgram Replicated on French TV – ‘The Game of Death’,” “A Shocking Situation,” […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Conflict, History, Ideology, Morality, Social Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

 
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