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Ideology and Grading

Posted on May 22, 2011

From Inside Higher Ed: Republican professors and Democratic professors presumably produce different outcomes when they enter the ballot box, but what about when they record grades? A forthcoming study finds that there may be notable differences. Democratic professors appear to be “more egalitarian” than their Republican counterparts when it comes to grading, meaning that more […]

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The Unconscious Situation of Date Rape

Posted on May 5, 2011

We recently encountered an intriguing 2005 article by Andrew Taslitz, “Willfully Blinded: On Date Rape and Self-Deception” (28 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender  381-446) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract. * * * This article takes seriously the proposition that many men are telling the truth when they say that they honestly believed that […]

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Stereotype Threat

Posted on April 11, 2011

From Wikipedia: A stereotype threat is the experience of anxiety or concern in a situation where a person has the potential to confirm a negative stereotype about their social group. First developed by social psychologist Claude Steele and his colleagues, stereotype threat has been shown to reduce the performance of individuals who belong to negatively stereotyped groups. For […]

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Belonging

Posted on March 18, 2011

From Eureka Alert: Along with the excitement and anticipation that come with heading off to college, freshmen often find questions of belonging lurking in the background: Am I going to make friends? Are people going to respect me? Will I fit in? Those concerns are trickier for black students and others who are often stereotyped […]

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Legal Socialization and the News

Posted on February 27, 2011

Over at the new Law & Mind Blog, several Harvard Law students have been blogging about a chapter (forthcoming inIdeology, Psychology, and Law, edited by Situationist Contributor Jon Hanson) by Mitchell Callan and Situationist Contributor Aaron Kay. In the second post on the topic (copied below), LLM candidate David Simon discusses legal socialization. * * * Imagine you […]

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Fifth PLMS Conference Agenda

Posted on February 23, 2011

“The Psychology of Inequality” Saturday, February 26, 2011 Tentative Schedule 8:45 – 9:15: Continental Breakfast 9:20 – 9:35: Opening Remarks (“The Psychology of Inequality”) 9:40 – 11:00: Session 1 Inequality and Health Outcomes: •    9:40 – 10:05: Ichiro Kawachi, “Is Inequality Damaging to Population Health”: More than two decades of research in the health sciences […]

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Thanksgiving as “System Justification”

Posted on November 24, 2010

This post was first published on November 21, 2007. Thanksgiving has many associations — struggling Pilgrims, crowded airports, autumn leaves, heaping plates, drunken uncles, blowout sales, and so on. At its best, though, Thanksgiving is associated with, well, thanks giving. The holiday provides a moment when many otherwise harried individuals leading hectic lives decelerate just […]

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Jim Sidanius “Terror, Intergroup Violence, and the Law.”

Posted on October 14, 2010

In his fascinating presentation at Harvard Law School on September 12, 2010, Professor Sidanius discussed ways in which the legal system has been, and continues to be, used as a means to effectuate intergroup violence, particularly through the criminal justice system.  Here is a video of that that talk [Duration: 54:10]. Professor Sidanius, a Harvard […]

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Jim Sidanius Returns to Harvard Law School

Posted on September 12, 2010

On Monday, September 12th, the HLS Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) is hosting a talk by Professor Jim Sidanius entitled “Under Color of Authority: Terror, Intergroup Violence, and the Law.” Professor Sidanius, a Harvard University professor in the departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies, focuses his research on the […]

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Posted in Conflict, Deep Capture, Distribution, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Forgiveness

Posted on August 31, 2010

Ryan Fehr, Michele Gelfand, and Monisha Nag, recently posted their paper, “The Road to Forgiveness: A Meta-Analytic Synthesis of its Situational and Dispositional Correlates” on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * Forgiveness has received widespread attention among psychologists from social, personality, clinical, developmental and organizational perspectives alike. Despite great progress, the forgiveness literature has […]

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The Implicit Situation of Love

Posted on August 16, 2010

Earlier this month, Anthony Greenwald, one of the pioneers in IAT research, posted on Scientific American.  Here is how his piece, titled “I Love Him, I Love Him Not” began. * * * Over a decade ago, I devised a test for detecting attitudes and biases operating below the level of a person’s awareness. Known […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – May, Part II

Posted on June 21, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during May 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From Experiments in Philosophy: “Sex on the Bench: Do Women and Men Have Different Moral Values?” “With Barack Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan, the United […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – May, Part I

Posted on June 8, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during May 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From Big Think: “To Improve Girls’ Science Scores, Show Them Women Scientists” “Standardized tests are supposed to measure innate abilities. The subject of your last […]

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Not Just Whistling Vivaldi

Posted on May 1, 2010

One of the great social psychologists of our time, Claude Steele, was recently on NPR discussing his new book Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. The book is a moving personal account and a compelling scientific discussion of how stereotypes shape the thoughts, feelings, and actions of those whom they target. […]

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Posted in Book, Classic Experiments, Implicit Associations, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 5 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 Situation of Stereotype Threat

Posted on February 19, 2010

Randy Khalil has a nice article, “‘Stereotype threat’ negatively affects students,” in Wednesday’s Daily Princetonian.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Princeton students fall victim to the “stereotype threat,” according to a study led by Adam Alter GS ’09. The “stereotype threat” is the phenomenon in which reminding people of negative stereotypes associated with […]

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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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Nicole Stephens on “Choice, Social Class, and Agency”

Posted on December 31, 2009

Nicole Stephens is a Ph.D. student in Social Psychology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the ways in which sociocultural contexts – such as those delineated by social class, race, and gender – shape the experience and the consequences of choice. In one line of research, she examines how people of different social classes […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Ideology, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

Measuring Implicit Attitudes

Posted on November 28, 2009

From University of Washington News * * * Study supports validity of test that indicates widespread unconscious bias In the decade since the Implicit Association Test was introduced, its most surprising and controversial finding is its indication that about 70 percent of those who took a version of the test that measures racial attitudes have […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Implicit Associations, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Toll of Discrimination on Black Women

Posted on November 11, 2009

From Eureka Alert: African-American women experiencing discrimination no longer feel masters of their own destiny Racial discrimination is a major threat to African American women’s mental health. It undermines their view of themselves as masters of their own life circumstances and makes them less psychologically resilient and more prone to depression. These findings (1) by […]

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