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Wegstock #4 – Tim Wilson

Posted on July 29, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #3 – John Haidt

Posted on July 26, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #2 – Susan Fiske

Posted on July 24, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #1 – Dan Gilbert’s Opening Remarks

Posted on July 21, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock 2011

Posted on August 3, 2012

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University.  Videos of the talks are available online here. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler […]

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The Painful Situation of Guilt

Posted on October 27, 2009

From Eureka Alert: The rationale behind torture is that pain will make the guilty confess, but a new study by researchers at Harvard University finds that the pain of torture can make even the innocent seem guilty. Participants in the study met a woman suspected of cheating to win money. The woman was then “tortured” […]

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Law Students Flock to Situationism

Posted on October 22, 2009

Here is Anthony Kammer’s fine article, titled “Meeting of the Minds: Law Students Flock to Psychology Lectures,”  in the latest edition of The Harvard Law Record. * * * In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks described psychology as a field that was taking off among young people, who were interested in probing […]

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Placebo and the Situation of Healing

Posted on September 18, 2009

From Youtube: Featuring members of the the Harvard Placebo Study Group, “Placebo: Cracking the Code” examines the power of belief in alleviating pain, curing disease, and the healing of injuries. The placebo effect is a pervasive, albeit misunderstood, phenomenon in medicine. In the UK, over 60% of doctors surveyed said they had prescribed placebos in […]

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Posted in Food and Drug Law, Illusions, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

Bargh and Baumeister and the Free Will Debate – Part II

Posted on September 9, 2009

We recently posted the fascinating video debate between Situationist Contributor John Bargh and Roy Baumeister regarding the study, meaning, and implications of free will.  That debate (which took place at the at the annual convention of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology last February in Tampa) has led to an illuminating exchange between Bargh […]

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The Situation of Pain

Posted on July 13, 2009

From Harvard University, “Pain Hurts More if the Person Hurting You Means It”: Researchers at Harvard University have discovered that our experience of pain depends on whether we think someone caused the pain intentionally. In their study, participants who believed they were getting an electrical shock from another person on purpose, rather than accidentally, rated […]

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Your Kids Are Not All That

Posted on May 21, 2008

It’s a truism that parents tend to think their children are above-average. Julie Symth of the National Post has an interesting piece on what social psychology can say about this phenomenon. She details a new study by Andrew Wegner and Blaine J. Flowers of the University of Miami in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology […]

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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 (Unconscious) Situation of our Consciousness – Part I

Posted on November 15, 2007

In their 2003 article, “The Situational Character,” Situationist contributors Jon Hanson and David Yosifon summarized some of the evidence indicating that we greatly overestimate the role of our consciousness and of our will. Over the next few weeks, we will offer a series of posts containing, not only Hanson and Yosifon’s general summary, but also […]

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Red Sox Magic

Posted on May 6, 2007

Back in February, fellow Situationist Contributor Emily Pronin wrote a great post about her recent research with Daniel Wegner, Sylvia Rodriguez, and Kimberly McCarthy on how people sometimes claim magical powers—and thus personal responsibility—for events that they couldn’t possibly have controlled. This phenomenon is quite apparent in sports fandom. We can be sure, for instance, […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology | 5 Comments »

Coalition of the Will-less

Posted on March 26, 2007

This weekend’s Financial Times has a cursory but helpful review by Stephen Cave of three recent books all on the topic of “free will”: John Searle‘s Freedom & Neurobiology: Reflections on Free Will, Language, and Political Power; Susan Blackmore‘s Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think About the Brain, Free Will, and What It […]

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Think you’ve got magical powers?

Posted on February 5, 2007

Baseball, they say, is America’s game. But have you been to the ballpark recently? It seems we care about much more than just curve balls, bunts, stolen bases, and errors. More or less everyone playing or watching the sport is also focused on hexes, curses, jinxes, and any sort of outcome-altering magic. In 2003, Curt […]

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Posted in Life, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology | 15 Comments »

 
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