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Barry Schwartz Returns to Harvard Law

Posted on October 2, 2011

Related Situationist posts: Barry Schwartz on the Choices that Matter Barry Schwartz on Using Our Practical Wisdom “Barry Schwartz on the Situation of Incentives,” “Barry Schwartz on Wisdom,” “A Choice Worth Having,” “Can’t Get No Satisfaction!: The Law Student’s Job Hunt – Part II,” and “Just Choose It!“

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Barry Schwartz on the Choices that Matter

Posted on August 6, 2011

Related Situationist posts: Barry Schwartz on Using Our Practical Wisdom “Barry Schwartz on the Situation of Incentives,” “Barry Schwartz on Wisdom,” “A Choice Worth Having,” “Can’t Get No Satisfaction!: The Law Student’s Job Hunt – Part II,” and “Just Choose It!“

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Barry Schwartz on Using Our Practical Wisdom

Posted on January 4, 2011

* * * For a sample of related Situationist posts, see “Barry Schwartz on the Situation of Incentives,” “Barry Schwartz on Wisdom,” “A Choice Worth Having,” “Can’t Get No Satisfaction!: The Law Student’s Job Hunt – Part II,” and “Just Choose It!“

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Barry Schwartz on the Situation of Incentives

Posted on February 3, 2010

Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Barry Schwartz studies the relationship between economics and psychology, delivering startling insights into modern life. In his 2004 book The Paradox of Choice, Schwartz tackles one of the great mysteries of modern life: Why is it that societies of […]

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Barry Schwartz on Wisdom

Posted on March 10, 2009

Barry Schwartz was one of the presenters at Saturday’s Third Annual Project on Law and Mind Sciences Conference at Harvard Law School. * * * Last month, Professor Schwartz gave a TEDtalk, titled “The real crisis? We stopped being wise.”  In it, he “makes a passionate call for practical wisdom as an antidote to a […]

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Another Review of “Ideology, Psychology, and Law”

Posted on August 27, 2012

At PsychCentral, Dan Berkowitz wrote a terrific review of Jon Hanson’s 2012 volume, Ideology, Psychology, and Law.  Here are some excerpts: Ideology, Psychology, and Law is a wonderful collection of essays edited by Jon Hanson, the Alfred Smart Professor of Law and Director of The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. […]

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APS 2012 Convention

Posted on May 17, 2012

24th APS Annual Convention Summary The Association for Psychological Science is committed to providing scientists with opportunities essential to achieving excellence in research. That’s why APS holds the premiere international meeting exclusively dedicated to psychological science. The meeting is a great opportunity to network, present your latest findings, and learn about other cutting-edge work being […]

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How Much Choice Would You Choose?

Posted on April 30, 2012

From Harvard Gazette: Undergraduates packed Science Center E on Monday to hear two of Harvard’s leading social scientists discuss the way that humans make decisions, and whether having more choices really makes us happier. The event, “What is Your N? A Personality Test for 4 AM Philosophers,” featured a conversation between social psychologist Dan Gilbert […]

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Choice and Inequality

Posted on December 17, 2011

Since the early 2000s, much of Jon Hanson’s (and other Situationist Contributor’s) research, writing, teaching, and speaking has focused on the role of “choice,” “the choice myth,” and “choicism” in rationalizing injustice and inequality, particularly in the U.S.  (e.g., The Blame Frame: Justifying (Racial) Injustice in America).  That work has helped to inspire a significant […]

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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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The Situation of “29” & the Downside of Goal-Setting

Posted on March 22, 2009

An article by Drake Bennett in the Boston Globe explores the idea that a significant contributor to GM’s woes can be attributed to an apparently innocuous decision — the pledge to return to its former state of having 29% of the American auto market. The article is excerpted below. * * * The argument is […]

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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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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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The Free Market Mindset – Conference

Posted on February 15, 2009

“I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such as they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms. . . . I found a flaw . . . in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Events, History, Ideology, Law, Legal Theory, Public Policy, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

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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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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The Situation of Regret

Posted on January 28, 2008

David Dudley has a worthwhile article on regret in the current edition of the AARP Magazine. We have excerpted some portions of it below. * * * Regret, according to those who study it, is all but universal, spanning age and culture in its agonizing variations. For every choice we make—good and bad—a numberless multitude […]

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Can’t Get No Satisfaction!: The Law Student’s Job Hunt – Part II

Posted on October 5, 2007

Last year, Situationist Contributor Jon Hanson and Situationist Fellow Goutam Jois wrote an article for the Harvard Law Record about the situation of law students at elite law schools. It’s recruitment season again, so we thought it was time to share their article, in chunks, with Situationist readers. This post picks up where Part I […]

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Why You Bought That

Posted on September 6, 2007

Christina Binkley had an terrific article last month in the Wall Street Journal on “How Luxury Brands Alter Shoppers’ Price Perceptions.” We have excerpted portions of the article below. * * * What is too much to spend on a suit? The question weighed on Barry Schwartz as he scanned the racks at Boyds men’s […]

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Just Choose It!

Posted on August 28, 2007

In July, Liz Hollis wrote an excellent article for The Times online on the topic of choice — too much choice. We excerpt that article below. * * *   For the naturally indecisive, Hell is choosing what to put in your supermarket trolley. Successfully negotiate the 38 choices of milk that I counted for […]

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