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Body Image and Materialism

Posted on April 7, 2011

From PsychOrg: Psychological research has consistently shown that women feel unhappy with their body after looking at images of thin, idealized models, which are typically represented in the media. However, today’s consumer culture and media promote not only the ideal of perfect beauty, but also that of the material affluent lifestyle, both of which are […]

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Law, Competition, Self-Interest

Posted on February 15, 2011

Over at the new Law & Mind Blog, several Harvard Law students have been blogging about a chapter by Mitchell Callan and Situationist Contributor Aaron Kay. In the first post on the topic (copied below), 1L student Becky Ding summarizes the chapter (forthcoming in Ideology, Psychology, and Law, edited by Situationist Contributor Jon Hanson). * […]

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The Situation of Being Green

Posted on May 25, 2010

Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong recently posted their article, titled “Do Green Products Make Us Better People?” (forthcoming Psychological Science) on SSRN. * * * Consumer choices not only reflect price and quality preferences but also social and moral values as witnessed in the remarkable growth of the global market for organic and environmentally friendly […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, Marketing, Morality | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Snacking

Posted on September 8, 2009

Situationist Contributor John Bargh, with his co-authors Jennifer Harris and Kelly Brownell, recently published an interesting article, “Priming Effects of Television Food Advertising on Eating Behavior” (28 Health Psychology 404 (2009)) on the subconscious behavioral consequences of food advertising.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Objective: Health advocates have focused on the prevalence of advertising […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, Food and Drug Law, Life, Marketing, Situationist Contributors | 1 Comment »

Situational Branding Effects

Posted on July 14, 2009

Situationist contributor Grainne Fitzsimons conducted a fascinating study in collaboration with Gavan Fitzsimons and Tanya Chartrand on the effects of popular company logos on human behavior.  In the following video Gavan and Tanya describe the study. * * * * * * To read some related Situationist posts, see “The Unseen Behavioral Influence of Company Logos,” […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Entertainment, Implicit Associations, Marketing, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology, Video | 2 Comments »

Confronting the Backlash against Implicit Bias

Posted on May 22, 2009

Below you will find some excerpts from an important paper by Situationist Contributor John T. Jost and six distinguished co-authors (Laurie A. Rudman, Irene V. Blair, Dana R. Carney, Nilanjana Dasgupta, Jack Glaser, Curtis D. Hardin).  The paper is titled “The Existence of Implicit Bias is Beyond Reasonable Doubt:  A Refutation of Ideological and Methodological […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, Implicit Associations, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

The Situation of Reason

Posted on April 15, 2009

In the mid-1970s, Situationist contributor Timothy Wilson with Richard Nisbett conducted one of the best known social psychology experiments of all time. It was strikingly simple and involved asking subjects to assess the quality of hosiery. Situationist contributors Jon Hanson and David Yosifon have described the experiment this way: Subjects were asked in a bargain […]

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Posted in Book, Choice Myth, Classic Experiments, Illusions, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

The Situation of Legal Judgments – Abstract

Posted on January 28, 2009

Barbara O’Brien and Daphna Oyserman recently posted a draft of their paper, “It’s Not Just What You Think But Also How You Think About it: The Effect of Situationally Primed Mindsets on Legal Judgments and Decision Making” (forthcoming in 92 Marquette L. Rev. (2008)) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Lawyers intuitively understand […]

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Policy IAT Launched

Posted on September 22, 2008

The Project on Law and Mind Science recently launched a policy-oriented implicit association test (IAT). The IAT is an experimental method designed to measure associative information that people are either unwilling or unable to report. The test was first published by Greenwald and colleagues in 1998. The IAT builds on the implicit-explicit distinction in memory. […]

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Posted in Ideology, Implicit Associations, Politics | 1 Comment »

Perspectives on Psychological Science – Articles of Interest

Posted on February 20, 2008

Perspectives on Psychological Science * * * Volume 3, Issue 1 (01/08) * * * Introduction: From Philosophical Thinking to Psychological Empiricism – Page 1 By Constantine Sedikides: “The authors of [the articles in this issue] received a rather tall order. They were requested to (a) identify an important, broad, and vibrant topic in their […]

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Posted in Emotions, Implicit Associations, Morality, Social Psychology, Table of Contents | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Hair Color

Posted on January 22, 2008

This post is a mashup of several newspaper articles, including Shelley Emling’s article, “Blondes, ready for some bad news?,” Tom Spears’s piece, “‘Paris Hilton factor’ sucks IQ points from men and women equally,” and, from Psychology Today, an excerpt from the book Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, which explores, among other “politically incorrect truths […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Implicit Associations, Social Psychology | 5 Comments »

Situationism in the Blogosphere in December 2007

Posted on January 2, 2008

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during December. (They are listed in alphabetical order by source.) * * * From BPS Research Digest Blog: The Mere Sight of Alcohol Impairs Drinkers’ Memories “For students who like a tipple or three, the mere sight of a […]

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The Unconscious Situation of our Consciousness – Part IV

Posted on December 6, 2007

This is the fourth in a series of posts summarizing the research on the hidden situation of our consciousness. This post excerpts a New York Times article (07/31/07) by Benedict Carey. In the article, “Who’s Minding the Mind,” Carey summarizes some of the fascinating new research–including studies by Situationist contributors John Bargh and Aaron Kay–that […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Implicit Associations, Social Psychology | 5 Comments »

The (Unconscious) Situation of our Consciousness – Part II

Posted on November 20, 2007

This is the second in a series of posts summarizing the research on the hidden situation of our consciousness. This post, like Part I, draws from a 2003 article by Situationist contributors Jon Hanson and David Yosifon “The Situational Character.” Part I began with Hanson and Yosifon’s summary of some of the fascinating research revealing […]

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The Situation of Reason

Posted on November 9, 2007

In the mid-1970s, Situationist contributor Timothy Wilson with Richard Nisbett conducted one of the best known social psychology experiments of all time. It was strikingly simple and involved asking subjects to assess the quality of hosiery. Situationist contributors Jon Hanson and David Yosifon have described the experiment this way: Subjects were asked in a bargain […]

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The Magnetism of Beautiful People

Posted on September 20, 2007

It’s often said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but as social science teaches, “beauty can behold the eye” may prove far more accurate. Indeed, a new study authored by Florida State University psychologist Jon Maner indicates that we are genuinely distracted by beautiful people and for reasons that often rest outside […]

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Posted in Life, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

First Conference on Law and Mind Sciences

Posted on March 15, 2007

Jeff Dubner of the Harvard Law Record has an excellent recap of Conference on Law and Mind Sciences that we hosted last week at Harvard Law School. We described this conference last week, and Jeff provides some great detail of the event, which featured a number of prominent social psychologists and legal scholars. Here is […]

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Posted in Events, Legal Theory, System Legitimacy | 4 Comments »

 
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