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What does an Obama victory mean?

Posted on November 22, 2008

After eight years under the same president, our country is on the verge of some major changes.  This is an exciting time.  The election of a new president encourages us to take a collective look in the mirror and it throws the spotlight on the distinctive characteristics of the person we’ve elected.  Whom we choose […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – October, Part II

Posted on November 21, 2008

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during October 2008. (They are listed in alphabetical order by source.) * * * From Experimental Philosophy: “Causal Judgment and Moral Judgment“ “It is now widely believed that people’s moral judgments can affect their causal judgments, but a great […]

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The Situation of Decision Making

Posted on November 6, 2008

Jonah Lehrer had a nice article, “The Next Decider,” in the Boston Globe in early October.  Here are some excerpts. * * * For the last eight years, America has had a president with an audacious approach to making decisions. “I’m a gut player. I rely on my instincts,” President Bush has said repeatedly. It […]

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Posted in Emotions, Life, Politics | 7 Comments »

Without the Filter

Posted on October 21, 2008

Governor Sarah Palin wants “to talk to Americans without the filter” of the “media elite.”  As she explained in the vice-presidential debate, she aims to cut out the middleman in conveying information to the public: “I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you [Senator Joe Biden] want to hear, but I’m […]

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Jeffrey Sachs on Our Situation – Part V

Posted on October 20, 2008

This is Part V of a loose, unofficial transcript of Dr. Jeffrey Sachs‘s remarkable lecture “Representing the Voiceless: The Poor, The Excluded, and the Future.”  He delivered this lecture on September 11, 2008 at Harvard Law School. You can link to Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here. * […]

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Posted in Education, Law, Politics, Public Policy | 1 Comment »

Jeffrey Sachs on Our Situation – Part II

Posted on October 16, 2008

On September 11, 2008, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs spoke to a packed hall at Harvard Law School in an address entitled “Representing the Voiceless: The Poor, The Excluded, and the Future.”  To read summaries of  remarkable presentation, see “Jeff Sachs Speaks for the Voiceless at Harvard Law School” or “Jeffrey Sachs urges students to represent the voiceless.” […]

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Posted in Events, Politics, Public Policy, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

The Military Meets the Mind Sciences

Posted on August 14, 2008

Yesterday, Brandon Keim published a disturbing article, “Uncle Sam Wants Your Brain” in Wired Science. We’ve excerpted his introduction below, and recommend the entire article which is here. * * * Drugs that make soldiers want to fight. Robots linked directly to their controllers’ brains. Lie-detecting scans administered to terrorist suspects as they cross U.S. […]

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The Situation of Revenge

Posted on August 6, 2008

Michael McCullough has a fascinating and important new book: “Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct.” Here’s a summary. * * * For centuries, people have held several misconceptions about the nature of humanity’s desire for revenge and the human potential for forgiveness. First, from the earliest Greek tragedies to the modern mental health […]

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Posted in Book, Emotions, History | 1 Comment »

Political Psychology in 2008

Posted on August 5, 2008

Sharon Begley has a very interesting article, “How Our Unconscious Votes,” in HealthNewsDigest.com. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Give the democrats of West Virginia points for honesty. As Hillary Clinton romped to a landslide of 67 to 26 percent over Barack Obama in the primary, 20 percent of voters in exit polls said that […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Emotions, Ideology, Implicit Associations, Politics | 1 Comment »

Attributing Blame — from the Baseball Diamond to the War on Terror

Posted on July 25, 2008

The Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain and the Red Sox’s Kevin Youkilis are at it again. Joba, who showed no sign of control problems, nonetheless launched a pitch at Kevin’s head in tonight’s pitchers’ dual. The big question, of course, is whether Joba’s head-ward pitch was intentional or inadvertent. With that question in mind, we thought this […]

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Posted in Conflict, Emotions, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology, Video | 3 Comments »

Can Sports Save the World? (& what must be done beforehand) – Part I

Posted on July 21, 2008

Author’s note: This post is the first of a multi-part series examining the relationship between politics and sport and what political prerequisites must exist before sport can have a deeper reconciliatory effect among peoples within states and between states. These works are part of the author’s Masters thesis. With the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games […]

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Posted in Conflict, History, Politics, Public Policy, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology | 8 Comments »

The Situation of Fear

Posted on July 10, 2008

This post was actually a comment written today in response to our post from last week, “The ‘Turban Effect.’” We thought many of our readers might find the comment interesting, so here it is. (Thanks Jeffrey.) * * * Lately, some scholars have been looking at reasons behind and implication of manipulating fear. Princeton University’s […]

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A Convenient Fiction

Posted on June 30, 2008

Being a traditional liberal academic, there is no love lost between me and the Bush Administration. But social psychological research offers a more nuanced take from others I have heard on what happened in the run up to the Iraq War. It is a take that fits comfortably between the Left’s position that Bush, Cheney […]

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Posted in Conflict, Ideology, Politics, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

The Law and Situation of Military Propaganda

Posted on June 9, 2008

The War in Iraq has received much criticism, including for the manner in which the Defense Department and the White House misled the public on now dubious policy arguments. Two arguments routinely employed by War advocates were the alleged national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein and the supposed linkage between Hussein and Al-Qaeda. Like […]

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Childhood: The New Age of Anxiety?

Posted on May 29, 2008

Gina Stepp of Vision has an interesting piece on recent findings that suggest children in the U.S. and other countries are increasingly struggling with anxiety and unhappiness. Below we excerpt a portion of her piece. * * * In the year 2000—even before terrorism hit so close to home for Americans on September 11, 2001, […]

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Posted in Emotions, Life, Public Policy, Social Psychology | 10 Comments »

Naïve Cynicism in Election 2008: Dispositionism v. Situationism?

Posted on May 5, 2008

This post was originally published on April 23rd. Because the “elitism” card continues to played, we thought it worthwhile to republish this post for those who might have missed it the last time. * * * In case you missed it, the last week and a half have been a bit rough for the golden […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Ideology, Legal Theory, Naive Cynicism, Politics, Video | 3 Comments »

Situationism in the Blogosphere – April 2008 (Part I)

Posted on May 5, 2008

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during April. (They are listed in alphabetical order by source.) * * * From Research Digest: “The price of thinking ‘It would have been worse under Saddam’“ “After news broke that US soldiers had mistreated their prisoners at the […]

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The Disturbing Mental Health Situation of Returning Soldiers

Posted on April 30, 2008

The military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to over 4,700 deaths of U.S. soldiers (in addition to over 1.2 million deaths of Iraqi and Afghan people) and tens of thousands of physical injuries to U.S. soldiers. As we know too well, some of those injuries are catastrophic. The mental health of returning soldiers […]

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Lessons Learned from the Abu Ghraib Horrors

Posted on April 28, 2008

On April 28, 2004, four years ago, our nation, and the world, was shocked by the revelation of the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. More surprising than the fact of the abuse, for soldiers often abuse their enemies in wartime, was the nature of the “trophy photos.” Both male and female […]

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Posted in Book, Classic Experiments, History, Morality, Politics, Social Psychology, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

March Madness

Posted on March 21, 2008

This post was first published in March of 2007. * * * Watching this year’s tournament, it is difficult not to notice the profoundly passionate (mad?) fan base enjoyed by so many teams. We’re not just talking about the “Go! Go! Rah! Rah! Siss Boom Bah!” of conventional cheering sections. We’re talking about camping overnight […]

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Posted in Conflict, Emotions, Politics, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology, Video | 3 Comments »

 
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