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The Facial Situation of Presidential Candidates

Posted on May 16, 2012

From InMind (an outstanding article by Dr. Theresa DiDonato from a few years ago): If your citizenship comes with the responsibility – and privilege – of voting, then every few years you face an interesting challenge. Who will you vote for? Whether you choose to support an incumbent, a celebrated war hero, an experienced government […]

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Jonathan Haidt Changes His Situation

Posted on May 12, 2012

From BusinessWire: New York University Stern School of Business today announced that Jonathan Haidt will join its faculty in the fall of 2012 as the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership. Haidt has served as the Henry Kaufman Visiting Professor of Business Ethics at Stern for the 2011-12 academic year. “Every economic crisis seems to […]

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How Much Choice Would You Choose?

Posted on April 30, 2012

From Harvard Gazette: Undergraduates packed Science Center E on Monday to hear two of Harvard’s leading social scientists discuss the way that humans make decisions, and whether having more choices really makes us happier. The event, “What is Your N? A Personality Test for 4 AM Philosophers,” featured a conversation between social psychologist Dan Gilbert […]

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Dan Gilbert at HLS on The Situation of Good Decisions – Another Version

Posted on February 26, 2012

From the Harvard Law Website (Jill Greenfield): There is a simple method for making decisions, from trivial to life changing, that most people find easy to understand but impossible to follow. In a talk entitled “How To Do Precisely the Right Thing At All Possible Times,” Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, author […]

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Dan Gilbert at HLS on The Situation of Good Decisions

Posted on February 23, 2012

From the Harvard Gazette: To take a gratifying, low-paying job or a well-paid corporate position, to get married or play the field, to move across the country or stay put: The fact that most people face such choices at some point in their lives doesn’t make them any easier. No one knows the dilemma better […]

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Dan Gilbert Returns to Harvard Law

Posted on February 15, 2012

Tomorrow (2/16) Daniel Gilbert, Situationist friend, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness, and host of the PBS television series This Emotional Life, returns to Harvard Law to deliver a talk entitled “How To Do Precisely the Right Thing At All Possible Times.” Most experts tell us what to decide but […]

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Posted in Education, Events, Life, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Social Psychology, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

2011 SPSP Award Recipients (including Co-Founders of this Blog!)

Posted on January 26, 2012

The Annual SPSP Conference is taking place in San Diego this week. Congratulations to the 2011 SPSP Award Recipients! The 2011 Jack Block Award Charles Carver This award is for career research accomplishment or distinguished career contributions in personality psychology and honors an individual who has demonstrated “analytic sophistication, theoretical depth, and wide scholarship.” Sponsored […]

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Redirect

Posted on September 15, 2011

From the Atlantic, here is a review of Situationist Contributor Tim Wilson’s latest book: In our ceaseless quest for self-improvement and our relentless pursuit of happiness, most of us have had some brush with the world that lives on the spectrum between self-help books and legitimate clinical psychotherapy. But a compelling new (non-self-help) book suggests […]

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Dan Gilbert on the Situation of Happy

Posted on September 7, 2011

From TEDTalks: Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that well be miserable if we dont get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things dont go as planned. Related Situationist posts: The Psychological Situation of Climate Change Dan Gilbert on Why the Brain Scares Itself “Dan […]

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Christakis Speaks to Harvard Freshmen about Social Networks

Posted on September 3, 2011

From the Harvard Gazette: Harvard College freshmen got their first taste Aug. 26 of the world of ideas awaiting them over the next four years in a talk by Professor Nicholas Christakis, who argued that human social networks have the power to spread obesity — or happiness — like contagion. Christakis, who teaches at Harvard […]

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What Is Our Gross National Product?

Posted on July 17, 2011

On Wednesday, I walked over to Wharton for an interesting lecture by Temple law professor Peter Huang drawing together several strands of his work. In the hour and a half, Peter spoke about happiness, memory, behavioral law and economics, and a host of other things, but one of the elements of his presentation that really […]

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Independence Day: Celebrating Courage to Challenge the Situation

Posted on July 4, 2011

First Published on July 3, 2007: With the U.S. celebrating Independence Day — carnivals, fireworks, BBQs, parades and other customs that have, at best, only a tangential connection to our “independence,” — we thought it an opportune moment to return to its source in search of some situationism. No doubt, the Declaration of Independence is […]

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On Money and Motivation

Posted on April 30, 2011

This lively RSAnimate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, examines some the ways that money doesn’t always buy motivation. Related Situationist posts: Shocking for Money The Situation of High Marginal Income Tax Rates and Motivation Money and the Situation of Happiness “The Situation of Money and Happiness,” “Receiving by Giving,” and  “Something to Smile About.”  To review a […]

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The Psychological Situation of Climate Change

Posted on April 17, 2011

Situationist friend, Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology, describes the psychological impulses that make it difficult for humans to confront the threat of global warming. Related Situationist posts: Dan Gilbert on Why the Brain Scares Itself “Dan Gilbert To Speak at Harvard Law School,” “Dan Gilbert on the Situation of Our Decisions,” “Dan Gilbert on the Situation of Psychology,” “The […]

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Blogroll Review – Part 2

Posted on February 7, 2011

Over at the new Law & Mind Blog, a group of Harvard Law students is 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 2 of that series (authored by second-year student Jeremy Troxel). * * […]

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The Costs of Unemployment

Posted on February 4, 2011

It’s week four of my Law and Mind Sciences Seminar, which means students are reading articles about hedonic adaptation. In reviewing the assigned papers, I was reminded (in a footnote!) of an interesting study by Richard E. Lucas, Andrew Clark, Yannis Georgellis, and Ed Diener from several years ago on how becoming unemployed can alter […]

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Can Meditation Make Us More Compassionate?

Posted on February 1, 2011

Last Friday, Sindya Bhanoo had an interesting little post on one of the New York Times blogs concerning recent research on the impact of meditation on the brain. As is often the case in these mainstream media reports, I was left wanting more about the studies and less about the personal interest hook (in this […]

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Robert Reich on the Unequal Situation of the Great Recession

Posted on October 8, 2010

From Youtube: Robert Reich on the ideas in his new book, “Aftershock.” The economic recession we are in is a structural problem rooted in an economy where wealth is as unequal as any time since in the great depression. That inequality leaves us susceptible to political extremism unless we fix it. * * * In […]

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The Situation of Pleasure

Posted on July 10, 2010

From Bloggingheads.tv, Robert Wright interviews Paul Bloom about Paul’s new book (about pleasure, not happiness) “How Pleasure Works: The New Science of What We Like.” * * * “Authenticity, Delusion, and Pleasure“ * * * Paul’s new book, “How Pleasure Works” (03:57) Stories we tell ourselves about the things that please us (08:34) Hidden connections […]

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The Situation of Social Networks

Posted on June 18, 2010

From TEDTalks: We’re all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits — from happiness to obesity — can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don’t even know. * * […]

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