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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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Situationism in the Blogosphere – December

Posted on January 27, 2011

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during December 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From BPS Research Digest: “Do political scandals really distract us from important issues?” “Barely a day goes by without some political scandal or other splashed […]

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Blood & Race

Posted on December 21, 2010

From the Harvard Gazette: The centuries-old “one-drop rule” assigning minority status to mixed-race individuals appears to live on in our modern-day perception and categorization of people like Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, and Halle Berry. So say Harvard University psychologists, who’ve found that we still tend to see biracials not as equal members of both parent […]

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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 »

Situationism in the Blogosphere – September

Posted on October 23, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during September 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From BPS Research Digest: “Power leads us to dehumanise others” “Think how terrible you’d feel if a decision you made led to the death of […]

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The Situation of Precision-Targeted Ads

Posted on October 21, 2010

Robert Wright posted an interesting commentary on the New York Times Opinionator last night in which he argued that the arrival of HTML 5, which “will allow sites you visit to know your physical location and will make it easier for them to keep track of your browsing and shopping history,” may be “the salvation […]

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Posted in Conflict, Deep Capture, Education, Ideology, Politics, Situationist Contributors | 1 Comment »

You Spoke. We Ignored It.

Posted on October 9, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post in which I questioned the practice of corporations (1) selling a narrative that the American public is made up of rational actors, exercising free choice, in an open market, while, at the same time, (2) working hard to “limit choice and confuse or reduce the knowledge […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Marketing, Public Relations, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Tamara Piety on Market Manipulation

Posted on September 18, 2010

In response to Adam Beneforado’s terrific post this week, “Breaking Up Is Easy to Do: When Corporations Dump Consumers,” Situationist friend Tamara Piety wrote another excellent comment, a portion of which we’ve posted below. * * * To me, one of most offensive examples of this type of channeling is the price discrimination practice involved in […]

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Posted in Behavioral Economics, Choice Myth, Life, Marketing, Public Relations, Situationist Contributors | 1 Comment »

Breaking Up Is Easy to Do: When Corporations Dump Consumers

Posted on September 16, 2010

As Jon Hanson and a number of other Situationist contributors (including yours truly) have profiled over the years, corporations go to great lengths to convince us that we are rational market actors, exercising free choice.  By using advertizing, marketing, and other means to encourage consumers to believe that they are in control, corporate entities can […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Marketing, Situationist Contributors, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Happiness and Legal Policy – Abstract

Posted on September 3, 2010

Peter Huang recently posted his interesting paper, “Happiness Studies and Legal Policy” (forthcoming Annual Review of Law & Social Science) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Social scientists have conducted numerous empirical and experimental studies of self-reported happiness. This review focuses on two fundamental areas of research in happiness and law, namely alternative […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Emotions, Legal Theory, Positive Psychology, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Bagel Situation

Posted on August 29, 2010

If you order a “bagel with cream cheese,” how much cream cheese should be provided with the bagel? That was the question my girlfriend and I pondered the other day as we drove through New Jersey futilely trying to remove half of the cream cheese on our bagels without the aid of a knife. Why […]

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Posted in Behavioral Economics, Choice Myth, Food and Drug Law, Marketing, Situationist Contributors | 7 Comments »

The Toxic Situation of Cosmetics

Posted on July 23, 2010

From the storyofstuffproject: The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – June, Part I

Posted on July 15, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during June 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From BPS Research Digest: “Does greater competition improve performance or increase cheating?” “What happens when you recruit dozens of students to perform a maze-based computer […]

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Advertisement space for sale! Call now!

Posted on June 30, 2010

I have written in the past about the dangers of corporate sponsorship and the blurring of the lines between advertising and “content.”  Three years ago, in an op-ed in the Washington Post, for example, I was highly critical of several corporate deals for shows at the National Gallery of Art—in particular, Target’s prominent sponsorship of […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Marketing, Situationist Contributors | 4 Comments »

The Situation of Public Relations

Posted on June 19, 2010

Here at the Situationist, we spend a lot of time focused on new research from the mind sciences and, as a result, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that there are other individuals and entities (besides academics and universities) out there working tirelessly to uncover what makes us tick. Some of these […]

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

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 »

Situationism in the Blogosphere – April, Part I

Posted on May 19, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during April 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From Big Think: “New Study: Insurers Take Both Sides in the War on Obesity” “The other day I pointed out the conflicting motives of corporations […]

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Our Carcinogenic Situation

Posted on May 12, 2010

The President’s Cancer Panel last week published its 2008 – 2009 Annual Report, “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risks: What We Can Do Now.”  Here is an extended excerpt from the Report’s executive summary, describing the extent of the problem. * * * Despite overall decreases in incidence and mortality, cancer continues to shatter and steal the […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Environment, Food and Drug Law, Politics | 1 Comment »

Value-Affirmation, and the Situation of Climate Change Beliefs

Posted on February 26, 2010

On NPR’s All Things Considered, Situationist Contributor Dan Kahan and Donald Braman were interviewed this week by Christopher Joyce regarding their important work on cultural cognition.  Here is an excerpt. * * * Over the past few months, polls show that fewer Americans say they believe humans are making the planet dangerously warmer, and that is […]

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Posted in Cultural Cognition, Ideology, Legal Theory, Politics, Public Policy, Situationist Contributors | 2 Comments »

The Century of Dipositionism – Part I

Posted on February 13, 2010

From Wikipedia: Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the human mind and its workings. His influence on the twentieth century is generally considered profound. The series describes the ways public relations and politicians have utilized Freud’s theories during the last 100 years for the “engineering of consent.” * * * Freud […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, History, Marketing, Politics, Public Policy, Public Relations, Video | 5 Comments »

 
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