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The Situational Effects of Iqbal

Posted on March 30, 2011

Victor Quintanilla recently posted his paper, “Beyond Common Sense: A Social-Psychological Study of Iqbal’s Effect on Claims of Race Discrimination”  on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * This article examines the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937 (2009) from a social-psychological perspective, and empirically studies Iqbal’s disparate effect on […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Implicit Associations, Law, Legal Theory, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Blaming the Victim

Posted on February 22, 2011

Of the many experimental results that have surprised me over the years, Cathaleene Jones and Elliot Aronson’s classic experiment on rape victims stands near the top.  How could it be that when a victim was described as a “virgin,” participants were more willing to hold her responsible for the rape than when she was described […]

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Law and Race

Posted on January 26, 2011

On Friday, I took in the new Philadelphia Theater Company production of David Mamet’s Race.  The plot revolves around two lawyers, one white and one black, who take on the defense of a wealthy white man accused of raping a young black woman. The acting was quite good and the play has its moments (as […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Law, Video | 1 Comment »

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Situationism

Posted on January 15, 2011

This post was originally published on January 22, 2007. * * * Monday’s holiday provides an apt occasion to highlight the fact that, at least by my reckoning, Martin Luther King, Jr. was, among other things, a situationist. To be sure, King is most revered in some circles for quotations that are easily construed as […]

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Posted in History, Ideology, System Legitimacy | 2 Comments »

The Power of Suggestion

Posted on January 12, 2011

In the wake of the massacre in Tucson one of the debates has been over whether a toxic environment might have contributed to the assailant’s behavior.  Social psychology has demonstrated countless times the power of seemingly trivial situatonal forces to encourage hostility and violence.  One of the classics is a 1975 study of the effects […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Conflict, Education, Emotions, Morality, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

The Unequal Situation of Seperation

Posted on January 5, 2011

From Rice News (by Mike Williams): However much people choose to live in a segregated society, the trend is a losing proposition for all. That was the takeaway message delivered by Rice’s Michael Emerson in a presentation to the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals (HAHMP) last week. Members came to campus to hear him […]

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The Legal-Policy Situation of Continued Inequality

Posted on November 12, 2010

Judge Michael Wolff posted his article “Stories of Civil Rights Progress and the Persistence of Inequality and Unequal Opportunity 1970-2010” (forthcoming in William Mitchell Law Review) on  SSRN.  Here is the abstract. * * * In this article, Missouri Supreme Court Judge Michael A. Wolff, who also is distinguished visiting professor at St. Louis University […]

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The Psychology of Guns and Race

Posted on November 2, 2010

I have just posted my forthcoming article, Quick on the Draw: Implicit Bias and the Second Amendment, on SSRN.  The abstract appears below: African Americans face a significant and menacing threat, but it is not the one that has preoccupied the press, pundits, and policy makers in the wake of several bigoted murders and a […]

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Shirley Sherrod and the Situation of Racial Discourse

Posted on July 27, 2010

Situationist friend Charles Ogletree and Johanna Wald had a terrific editorial this Sunday, titled “After Shirley Sherrod, We all Need To Slow Down and Listen,” in which, among other things, they discuss the relevance of research by Situationist Contributors Mahzarin Banaji and Jerry Kang.  Here are some excerpts. * * * President Obama has called […]

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Posted in Distribution, History, Implicit Associations, Morality, Politics, Situationist Contributors | 2 Comments »

The Situation of ‘Common Sense’

Posted on July 6, 2010

On April 15, I had the pleasure of participating in a Collaborative training symposium on Implicit Bias and Eyewitness Identification, conducted for Connecticut prosecutors and public defenders.  I spoke on the topic of implicit bias, a core research interest.  It was an interesting conversation, and the engagement was intelligent, thoughtful, and public minded. Afterwards, Chris Nolan, […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Naive Cynicism, Situationist Contributors | 9 Comments »

The Situation of Presidential Death Threats

Posted on June 28, 2010

Gregory Scott Parks, and Danielle Heard recently posted their fascinating paper, titled “‘Assassinate the Nigger Ape': Obama, Implicit Imagery, and the Dire Consequences of Racist Jokes,” on SSRN.  Here is the abstract. * * * In 1994, Congress passed legislation stating that Presidents elected to office after January 1, 1997, would no longer receive lifetime […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Cultural Cognition, Implicit Associations, Law, Social Psychology | Leave a Comment »

Racial Prejudice in Real Estate Markets

Posted on May 26, 2010

Here is another segment from John Quinones excellent ABC 20/20 series titled “What Would You Do?” — a series that, in essence, conducts situationist experiments through hidden-camera scenarios. This episode asks, “what would you do if you attended a real estate open house where only certain people were welcome?” (and includes analysis from social psychologist […]

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The Spatial Situation of Crime and Criminal Law

Posted on May 13, 2010

No pressure (except for you, grandma — loyal reader number 1), but I have a new article out in the most recent issue of the Cardozo Law Review.  The abstract for The Geography of Criminal Law is below. * * * When Westerners explain the causes of actions or outcomes in the criminal law context, […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Geography, Law, Legal Theory, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

The Racialized Situation of Vandalism and Crime

Posted on May 6, 2010

Here is another segment from John Quinones excellent ABC 20/20 series titled “What Would You Do?” — a series that, in essence, conducts situationist experiments through hidden-camera scenarios (in consultation with renowned social psychologist John Dovidio). * * * * * * * * * To review a sample of related Situationist posts, see “Journalists […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Social Psychology | 5 Comments »

The Situation of Suspicion

Posted on February 23, 2010

Andrew E. Taslitz recently posted his paper, titled “Police are People Too: Cognitive Obstacles to, and Opportunities for, Police Getting the Individualized Suspicion Judgment Right” (forthcoming in Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Some Fourth Amendment scholars have embraced the idea that the courts should defer to […]

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Clarence Darrow on the Situation of Crime and Criminals

Posted on February 20, 2010

“Crime and Criminals: Address to the Prisoners in the Chicago Jail” (1902) Preface This address is a stenographic report of a talk made to the prisoners in the Chicago jail. Some of my good friends have insisted that while my theories are true, I should not have given them to the inmates of a jail. […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Distribution, Education, History, Ideology, Law, Life, Marketing, Morality, Politics, System Legitimacy | 4 Comments »

The Broader Situation: A Case Study of Cop Car Cameras

Posted on February 12, 2010

As part of my new commitment to posting more of my work on SSRN, I’ve just put up another forthcoming article that may be of interest to some readers.  It offers a law and mind sciences (situationist / critical realist) perspective on Yale Law School’s Cultural Cognition Project (CCP) using a great recent article by […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Cultural Cognition, Legal Theory, Situationist Contributors | 5 Comments »

The Situation of False Confessions

Posted on December 29, 2009

Ian Herbert, one of the very best translators of mind science research for popular audiences, has written an informative and disconcerting article, “The Psychology and Power of False Confessions” for the latest issue of The Observer.”  Here are some excerpts. * * * We know that false confessions do happen on a fairly regular basis. […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Illusions, Law | 5 Comments »

Jane Elliot’s Situationist Pedagogy

Posted on October 24, 2009

From Wikipedia: “Steven Armstrong was the first child to arrive to Elliot’s classroom on that day, asking why “a King” (referring to Martin Luther King Jr.) was murdered the day before. After the rest of the class arrived, Elliot asked them what they knew about Negros. The children responded with various racial stereotypes such as […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Education, Social Psychology, Video | 4 Comments »

The Legal Situation of the Underclass

Posted on September 19, 2009

David Ray Papke, has posted his recent paper, “Law, Legal Institutions, and the Criminalization of the Underclass” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * The contemporary underclass is defined not by race but rather by its weak or nonexistent ties to the labor market. Members of the underclass are more likely to be labeled […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Distribution, Law, Public Policy | 2 Comments »

 
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