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The Deeply Captured Situation of Sugar

Posted on November 25, 2012

Mother Jones has a superb new article on the deeply captured situation of sugar.  It begins as follows: ON A BRISK SPRING Tuesday in 1976, a pair of executives from the Sugar Association stepped up to the podium of a Chicago ballroom to accept the Oscar of the public relations world, the Silver Anvil award for excellence in “the forging […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Food and Drug Law, History, Ideology, Life, Marketing, Public Relations | 1 Comment »

Peer Pressure and Voting

Posted on October 30, 2012

From The Harvard Gazzette: Many people believe that idealism motivates them to open their wallets for a favorite candidate or that civic duty motivates them to go to the polls to vote. But don’t discount peer pressure as an important factor in elections, a political scientist says. “We operate as a family, a neighborhood, a […]

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The Social Situation of the Citizen – Today!

Posted on October 25, 2012

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 12 – 1pm Where: Austin North Event type: Lectures Sponsor: Student Association for Law & Mind Sciences, HLS Republicans, HLS Democrats, HLS American Constitution Society, PLMS Do social networks really influence individuals’ politics? If social networks matter, how do they work? Utilizing a variety of experimental and survey data from […]

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The Situational Effects of Food Advertising

Posted on February 9, 2012

Pierre Chandonm and Brian Wansink recently posted their paper “Is Food Marketing Making Us Fat? A Multi-Disciplinary Review” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. Whereas everyone recognizes that increasing obesity rates worldwide are driven by a complex set of interrelated factors, the marketing actions of the food industry are often singled out as one of the […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Education, Food and Drug Law, Marketing | 1 Comment »

God’s Situational Effects

Posted on January 8, 2012

This is the fourth in our series of posts intended to help our readers with their New Year’s resolutions.  From USA Today, here is a brief description of research recently co-authored by Kristin Laurin and Situationist Contributors Aaron Kay and Gráinne Fitzsimons .   God references slipped into tests decreased student’s belief that they controlled their own destiny, […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Life, Morality, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Good Habits

Posted on January 6, 2012

This is the third in our series of posts intended to help our readers with their New Year’s resolutions.  From The Sun Herald, here is a brief description of recent research on the benefits of retraining your brain. What does it really take to change a habit? It may have less to do with willpower […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Environment, Life, Situationist Contributors | 1 Comment »

Want To Lose Weight?: Consider the Situational Values of Values

Posted on January 3, 2012

The outstanding Wray Herbert has a terrific piece on The Huffington Post about research done by Situationist Contributor, Geoffrey Cohen. Dieting and weight control are really pretty simple. We gain weight and have trouble losing it because we eat too much and move too little. If we can switch that around, most of us should […]

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Posted in Life, Positive Psychology, Situationist Contributors | 4 Comments »

Situation, McDonalds, & Tort Law

Posted on December 15, 2011

Professor Caroline Forell has written a wonderfully thoughtful, situationist article, titled “McTorts: The Social and Legal Impact of McDonald’s Role in Tort Suits (forthcoming in Volume 24 of the Loyola Consumer Law Review) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * McDonald’s is everywhere. With more than 32,000 restaurants around the world, its Golden Arches […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Food and Drug Law, Law, Legal Theory, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Marketing Situation of Doritos (FTC Complaint)

Posted on October 19, 2011

NPLAN filed a complaint today with the FTC today alleging that Frito-Lay has engaged in deceptive marketing to teens by disguising Doritos ads as entertainment; by collecting and using kids’ personal information in violation of its own privacy policy and without adequate disclosure about the extent and purpose of the data collection; and by engaging […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Emotions, Entertainment, Food and Drug Law, Marketing, Video | 2 Comments »

Should Obese Airline Passengers Be Forced to Buy Two Seats?

Posted on October 18, 2011

Last week, I traveled to the University of Tulsa College of Law to give a talk on the psychology of retribution.  The faculty was extremely welcoming and I had a great time, but on the way back I found myself in a challenging situation. Shortly after I settled into my seat, a woman asked me […]

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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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Nicholas Christakis on the Situation of Epidemics

Posted on July 16, 2011

From TED Talks: After mapping humans’ intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1). Related […]

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David Vitter, Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Jon Ensign, Mark Sanford, Chris Lee, and Now Arnold Schwarzenegger and Anthony Weiner: The Disposition Is Weaker than the Situation

Posted on June 8, 2011

During the summer of 2007, we published the post below in response to the sex scandal du jour involving U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA). We republished it in the wake of former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s (D) “indiscretions.”  Former U.S. Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee John Edwards’ confession had us dusting off […]

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McDonald’s Favorite Man: Don Gorske

Posted on May 19, 2011

May 17th is an important day for Ronald. You see, each year it marks the anniversary of when one Fond du Lac, Wisconsin man decided to start eating Big Macs. Since 1972, that man, Don Gorske, has eaten 25,000 of McDonald’s famous burgers — typically two a day — becoming, as I and other Situationist […]

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Holder on the Situation of Violence

Posted on May 11, 2011

In 2010, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of the “Defending Childhood” initiative to help prevent children’s and young people’s exposure to violence, mitigate its effects and put an end to cycles of violence that undermine the public’s health. During this webcast, he described his vision for this initiative and its progress so […]

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The Power of Word Choice: “Lifestyle” Diseases

Posted on April 23, 2011

As readers will note, I’ve been blogging a lot about the situation of obesity recently and so I read Mark Bittman’s recent op-ed in the New York Times,  “How to Save a Trillion Dollars,” with special attention. I agreed with a lot of what Bittman said about how changing our diets is one of the […]

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Sending the Wrong Message

Posted on March 23, 2011

Joe D’Amico probably had the best of intentions when he set out to eat an all-McDonald’s diet for thirty days leading up to the L.A. Marathon. And, in fact, as a result of internet buzz, his “food challenge” ended up raising $26,000 for Ronald McDonald charities. At the race a few days ago, D’Amico set […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Food and Drug Law, Marketing, Public Relations, Situationist Contributors | 2 Comments »

David Vitter, Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Jon Ensign, Mark Sanford, and Now Chris Lee: The Disposition Is Weaker than the Situation

Posted on February 14, 2011

During the summer of 2007, we published the post below in response to the sex scandal du jour involving U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA). We republished it in the wake of former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s (D) “indiscretions.”  Former U.S. Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee John Edwards’ confession had us dusting off […]

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Posted in Emotions, Evolutionary Psychology, Ideology, Life, Morality, Politics, Video | 1 Comment »

News about the Captured Situation of Food Policy

Posted on November 16, 2010

From the New York Times: Domino’s Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It teamed up with Domino’s to develop a new line of pizzas with […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Food and Drug Law, Politics, Public Policy | 4 Comments »

Winning the Food Fight

Posted on October 27, 2010

Back at the end of August, I wrote a post about the benefits of “nudging” people towards heath, in particular, by resetting food defaults.  I argued that we could combat obesity without unduly infringing on individual choice or autonomy by changing the food situation so that when a person ordered “a latte,” for example, she […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Education, Food and Drug Law, Situationist Contributors | 1 Comment »

 
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