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The News Situation of Judge Sotomayor’s Nomination

Posted on May 26, 2009

As the the media quickly responds to news of Judge Sotomayor’s nomination, we thought it might be interesting to include some excerpts from a few different sources. * * * From Fox News: President Obama nominated federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, citing her “inspiring life story” and “distinguished […]

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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 »

The Situation of Impressions of a New President

Posted on May 9, 2009

Pew Research has put together a neat interactive chart featuring the top 20 used to describe President Barack Obama in April compared with the frequency of respondents using those words last September. Some big changes: * On the plus side for the President, people are now more likely to describe him as “intelligent” and “good”, […]

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The Situation of the Achievement Gap

Posted on April 20, 2009

Situationist Contributor Geoffrey Cohen has received a lot of attention in the media over the last week because of fascinating research he and his collaborators are doing and reently desribed in Science regarding one way to help reduce the achievement gap in education. Here are excerpts from one such story, this one, titled “Study: Writing […]

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Posted in Education, Implicit Associations, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 5 Comments »

Is The Fear of Being Afraid Leading to Violation of Federal Banking Law?

Posted on April 7, 2009

In his first inaugural address, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  The comment was made in the context of the worst economic crisis of the 20th Century, and perhaps of all time in the United States: the Great Depression, where unemployment rose to 25% and where, […]

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Posted in Law, Politics, Public Policy, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

Situationism in the Blogosphere – February Part II

Posted on March 27, 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 3 Quarks Daily: “Stephen Daldry’s The Reader” “Alan Stone in the Boston Review:  The power of The Reader, however, is that it is psychologically […]

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Sarah Palin – Objectification – Reaction – Situation

Posted on March 16, 2009

Eric Deggans, has a nice article in the Saint Petersburg Times summarizing research by psychologists from Univesity of South Florida, Jamie L. Goldenberg and Nathan A. Heflick.  Their research examined the objectifying effects of thinking about Sarah Palin’s appearance.  Immediately below, you will find excerpts from Deggans’s article.  Below that, you’ll find some reflections from […]

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Posted in Ideology, Politics, Social Psychology, Video | 3 Comments »

Why Race May Influence Us Even When We “Know” It Doesn’t

Posted on February 19, 2009

The image to the left is a portion of a controversial cartoon that ran in yesterday’s New York Post. The cartoon (the entirety of which is here) includes this punchline: “Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.” * * * A common assumption among most Americans is that race […]

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Posted in History, Implicit Associations, Politics | 10 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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A Choice Worth Having

Posted on January 21, 2009

Renowned social psychologist Barry Schwartz has begun writing a blog for the Psychology Today web site called “The Choices Worth Having.” Professor Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College.  He studies the relationship between economics and psychology, delivering startling insights into modern life.  In his 2004 book […]

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A New Situation

Posted on January 20, 2009

From LATimes:

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The Artistic Situation of U.S. Civil Rights History

Posted on January 19, 2009

Sometimes an image needs no explanation, and the cover of the new issue of The Nation seems to fit that description: For a key to the persons in the portrait, click here.  For a diary by the artist behind the image, click here.

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Behavioral Economics and Policy

Posted on January 5, 2009

Last month, Rick Montgomery wrote an interesting article, “Behavioral Economics Is Moving from Theory to Policy,” for the Kansas City Star.  Here are some excerpts. * * * As the economy sinks and investors buckle over, the behavior buffs are rising up. From the lesser-appointed corners of academia, psychologists, sociologists and a youthful breed of […]

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Posted in Behavioral Economics, Ideology, Legal Theory, Public Policy | 2 Comments »

 
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