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What Is Welfare? – Abstract

Posted on June 4, 2009

John Bronsteen, Christopher Buccafusco, and Jonathan Masur posted another interesting paper, “Welfare as Happiness,” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * In the fields of law, economics, and philosophy, the leading conception of human welfare is preference-satisfaction — getting what one wants. An important rival is an objective list approach to ethics — possessing […]

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Getting a Grip on Climate Change

Posted on May 25, 2009

Last month, Adam Corner wrote a worthwhile editorial, “Time to Gamble on a Post-Carbon World,” for the Guardian. Here are some excerpts. * * * That we engage in tactics of diversion, avoidance, and denial has been documented extensively on these pages. But as if our natural tendency to stick our heads in the sand […]

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Posted in Morality, Positive Psychology | 2 Comments »

Something to Smile About

Posted on May 23, 2009

Yes, I’m easily excitable, but I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see mainstream newspapers publishing articles on hedonic research!  Lame (terribly clever) puns aside, there is a promising trend afoot. In the last couple weeks, the New York Times and the Boston Globe have published articles exploring the implications of research […]

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Posted in Emotions, Law, Legal Theory, Positive Psychology | 3 Comments »

Mass Marketing

Posted on May 14, 2009

A student in my Business Organizations course just sent me a link to an interesting four-part BBC series, “The Century of the Self,” that was made in 2002 and is likely to be of interest to Situationist readers, particularly in the wake of the recent economic troubles.  The set of films considers the emergence of […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, History, Marketing | 2 Comments »

Mood and Moral Judgment – Abstract

Posted on April 22, 2009

We recently encountered an interesting paper by Jeremy A. Blumenthal, “Does Mood Influence Moral Judgment?: An Empirical Test with Legal and Policy Implications” (29 Law and Psychology Review (2005)) on SSRN.   Here’s the abstract. * * * Despite recurring interest in the potential for affect to influence “rational” reasoning, in particular the effect of […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Emotions, Experimental Philosophy, Law, Morality, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Solitary Confinement

Posted on April 6, 2009

Atul Gawande has a remarkable and important article, titled “Hellhole” in the most recent issue of The New Yorker.  In it, he examines some of the consequences of U.S. policy to hold “tens of thousands of inmates in long-term solitary confinement” and it’s relationship with torture.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Human beings […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – February Part III

Posted on April 4, 2009

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during February 2009. (They are listed in alphabetical order by source.) * * * From Frontal Cortex: “The Color of Creativity” “The brain is like a Swiss Army knife, stuffed full of different mental tools that are well suited […]

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Conference on the Free Market Mindset

Posted on March 18, 2009

From the Harvard Law School Website (published yesterday and written by Christine Perkins), here is an a nice summary of  the Project on Law and Mind Science’s Third Annual Conference. * * * On Saturday, March 7, Harvard Law School’s Program on Law and Mind Sciences held its third annual conference, “The Free Market Mindset: […]

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Posted in Events, Ideology, Implicit Associations, Law, Legal Theory, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Conference – The Free Market Mindset

Posted on March 2, 2009

Third Conference on Law and Mind Sciences “The Free Market Mindset: History, Psychology, and Consequences” Saturday, March 7, 2009 Tentative Schedule 8:45 – 9:15: Continental Breakfast 9:20 – 9:35: Opening Remarks (“The Free Market Mindset”) 9:40 – 11:00: Session 1 History: •    9:40 – 10:05: Christine Desan, “Legal Categories of Thought”: The law categorizes different […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Events, History, Ideology, Law, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Situationism in the News

Posted on February 16, 2009

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of the Situationist news items of February 2009. (They are listed in alphabetical order by source.) * * * From Boston Globe: “Aging has its benefits” “In the 1973 film “The Way We Were,” Barbra Streisand sings a haunting ballad about memories and aging. “What’s […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – November 2008

Posted on January 14, 2009

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during November 2008. (They are listed in alphabetical order by source.) * * * From BPS Research Digest blog: “Dazzled by digits: how we’re wooed by product specifications” “From megapixels and gigabytes to calorie counts and sun protection factors, […]

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Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology

Posted on November 12, 2008

From Ted Talks: Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become? Martin Seligman founded the field of positive psychology in 2000, and has devoted his […]

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Introspection, Retrospection, & the 2008 Election

Posted on November 3, 2008

Situationist contributor Tim Wilson and Situationist friend Dan Gilbert have shown that, although we expect the outcomes of presidential elections to significantly influence how happy we feel, the evidence indicates otherwise.  As with most things, our affective forecasting is not to be trusted.  Gilbert summarizes one study this way: Democrats predicted they’d be devastated if […]

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Posted in Emotions, Illusions, Politics, Poll, Positive Psychology, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

The Interior Situation of Complex Human Feelings

Posted on September 16, 2008

Michael Craig Miller, M.D. has a helpful article, “Sad Brain, Happy Brain,” in this week’s Newsweek.  Here are some excerpts. * * * The brain is the mind is the brain. One hundred billion nerve cells, give or take, none of which individually has the capacity to feel or to reason, yet together generating consciousness. […]

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Posted in Emotions, Neuroscience, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Political Psychology in 2008

Posted on August 5, 2008

Sharon Begley has a very interesting article, “How Our Unconscious Votes,” in HealthNewsDigest.com. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Give the democrats of West Virginia points for honesty. As Hillary Clinton romped to a landslide of 67 to 26 percent over Barack Obama in the primary, 20 percent of voters in exit polls said that […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Emotions, Ideology, Implicit Associations, Politics | 1 Comment »

Perceptions of Racial Divide

Posted on July 30, 2008

Sam Sommers has another terrific post (this one titled “Obama and the Racial Divide”) on the Psychology Today blog. Here are some excerpts. * * * [T]he Times poll indicates that a majority of White and Black Americans think progress towards racial equality is being made, but only Whites seem to be getting more optimistic […]

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Posted in Blogroll, Politics, Social Psychology, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

The Situation of a Name

Posted on June 28, 2008

Robin Turner has an interesting article in Wales Online, titled “People’s names linked to self-esteem, says Welsh research.” We’ve pasted a few excerpts below. * * * What’s in a name? Future happiness, self-esteem and peace of mind, according to research carried out in a Welsh university. But Jochen Gebauer, lead author of a new […]

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The Situation of Civil Settlements – Abstract

Posted on June 26, 2008

John Bronsteen, Christopher Buccafusco, and Jonathan Masur recently posted their fascinating article, “Hedonic Adaptation and the Settlement of Civil Lawsuits” (forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review) on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * This paper examines the burgeoning psychological literature on happiness and hedonic adaptation (a person’s capacity to preserve or recapture her level […]

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The Situation of Lawyers and Practicing Law

Posted on June 24, 2008

The Situationist has examined various implications that social psychology and related fields for law and legal theory. But what about for the practice of law? Martin Seligman, former American Psychological Association president and one of the leaders of the new field of Positive Psychology, examines the relationship between psychology and the practice of law in […]

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Posted in Book, Emotions, Law, Life, Positive Psychology, Situationist Sports | 2 Comments »

Jonathan Haidt on the Situation of Moral Reasoning

Posted on June 17, 2008

We recently published a post called the “Moral Psychology Primer,” which briefly highlighted the emerging work of several prominent moral psychologists, including Professor Jonathan Haidt from UVA. Haidt’s important work is relevant to law, morality, and positive psychology – all topics of interest to The Situationist. We thought it made sense, therefore, to follow up […]

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Posted in Book, Choice Myth, Life, Morality | 1 Comment »

 
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