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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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Adam Kolber at Harvard Law School

Posted on November 1, 2010

On Tuesday, November 2nd, the HLS Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) and HLS Ethics, Law, and Biotechnology group are hosting a talk by Brooklyn Law School professor Adam Kolber entitled “Freedom of Memory.” Professor Kolber teaches a variety of subjects at Brooklyn Law School, including bioethics and “law and the brain” courses. […]

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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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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 »

The Situation of Terror Babies

Posted on August 17, 2010

Over the past few days, allegations of a frightening new terrorist plot have emerged.  Indeed, at the end of last week, Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle and Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert appeared on different editions of “Anderson Cooper 360” to sound the alarm that the Obama administration has been ignoring a critical threat to the […]

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The Situation of Practice

Posted on July 17, 2010

From USC News: Struggling with your chip shot? Constant drills with your wedge may not help much, but mixing in longer drives will, and a new study shows why. Previous studies have shown that variable practice improves the brain’s memory of most skills better than practice focused on a single task. Cognitive neuroscientists at USC […]

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The Situation of Touch

Posted on July 5, 2010

From Situationist Contributor John Bargh’s ACME Lab: Sitting in a hard chair can literally turn someone into a hardass. Holding a heavy clipboard leads to weighty decisions. Rubbing rough surfaces makes us prickly. So found researchers studying the interaction between physical touch and social cognition. The experiments included would-be car buyers who, when seated in […]

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Pinker and the Brain

Posted on June 12, 2010

Steven Pinker had a provocative op-ed in the New York Times on Thursday taking on all those Luddites out there who bemoan the technological marvels of the Google search engine, PowerPoint presentation, and Twitter account as sure harbingers of the death of the brain. Pinker places the latest panic in context and points out that […]

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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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2010 Law and Mind Sciences Conference

Posted on April 14, 2010

The 2010 Conference on Law and Mind Sciences “Moral Biology? How should developments in mind sciences and behavioral biology alter our understanding of law and morality?” When: Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. Where: Harvard Law School, Austin Hall, West Classroom Free and Open to the Public This panel discussion will examine how developments […]

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2010 Mind Science Conference at Harvard Law School

Posted on April 4, 2010

On April 15 and 16, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School, the Harvard Program on Ethics and Health, the Gruter Institute, and the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project, will be holding a two-day conference entitled “Moral […]

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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 Interior Situational Reaction to Inequality

Posted on February 25, 2010

From EurekAlert: The human brain is a big believer in equality—and a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, has become the first to gather the images to prove it. Specifically, the team found that the reward centers in the human brain respond more strongly when […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Conflict, Distribution, Emotions, Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience | 1 Comment »

The Constructed Situation of Race

Posted on February 2, 2010

Christian Sundquist’s interesting article,  “The Meaning of Race in the DNA Era: Science, History and the Law” (27 Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law 231-265 (2008)) is now available on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * The meaning of “race” has changed dramatically over time. Early theories of race assigned social, intellectual, […]

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Global Climate Change and The Situation of Denial

Posted on January 11, 2010

Situationist Contributor John T. Jost together with Irina Feygina and Rachel E. Goldsmith have recently completed a fascinating article examining the motivations behind some people’s unwillingness to take climate change seriously.  The article, titled “System Justification, the Denial of Global Warming, and the Possibility of ‘System-Sanctioned Change’” will be published later this year in Personality […]

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Situationism in the News

Posted on November 21, 2009

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of the Situationist news over the last several weeks. * * * From Fox News: “Romantic Rivalries Stir Religious Feelings” “Rivals on the dating scene could make one feel closer to God, according to new research that suggests one’s religiousness may be more closely related […]

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Situationism in the News

Posted on October 17, 2009

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quote from some of the Situationist news over the last several weeks. * * * From Reuters India: “Brain science starting to impact varied fields” “[…] More and more, though, images showing neurons firing in different areas of the brain are gaining attention from experts in fields as […]

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Barbara Ehrenreich – a Situationist

Posted on October 14, 2009

Barbara Ehrenreich’s terrific, highly situationist, new book is now on the shelves, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America. From a related Time Magazine article here’s a brief sample of her writing on the topic of optimism. * * * If you’re craving a quick hit of optimism, reading a news […]

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Posted in Book, Cultural Cognition, Deep Capture, Emotions, Ideology, Life, Positive Psychology, System Legitimacy | 4 Comments »

 
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