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Dan Kahan at Harvard Law School

Posted on October 17, 2010

On Monday, October 18th, the HLS Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) and the American Constitution Society (ACS) are hosting a talk by Yale professor Dan Kahan entitled “The Laws of Cultural Cognition, and the Cultural Cognition of Law. Professor Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law at Yale Law School.  […]

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Dan Kahan on the Situation of Risk Perceptions

Posted on January 27, 2010

Situationist Contributor Dan Kahan was recently interviewed for the National Science Foundation website.  In the interview, which you can watch the on the video below, Kahan discusses how people’s values shape perceptions of the HPV vaccine.  Here’s the abstract. * * * The “cultural cognition thesis” argues that individuals form risk perceptions based on often-contested […]

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Conference on the Legacy of Stanley Milgram

Posted on October 25, 2013

Yale Law School is hosting a conference on the Legacy of Stanley Milgram this Saturday.  Unsurprisingly, many Situationist Contributors (Thomas Blass, Jon Hanson, Dan Kahan, and Tom Tyler) and Situationist friends (Phoebe Ellsworth, Doug Kysar, and Jaime Napier) will be participating.  The conference agenda is below. Saturday, October 26, 2013 Yale Law School Sponsored by […]

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Jon Hanson on Law and Mind Sciences

Posted on March 15, 2012

Harvard Law School just published an interview with Jon Hanson.  We’ve posted it in full below. Director of the Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School (PLMS), Professor Jon Hanson has long combined social psychology, economics, history, and law in his scholarship. After PLMS hosted several conferences featuring leading mind scientists and legal […]

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Harvard Law School Mind Science Events This Week

Posted on March 4, 2012

1. “Life at the Top: Evidence on Elite Leaders and Stress Hormone Secretion” Jennifer Lerner, HKS Monday, 3/5, 12 p.m. Wasserstein 1023 Chinese food will be served! Dr. Lerner’s presentation will address her latest research into the relationship between stress and leadership. Leadership is widely believed to be associated with elevated stress. But if leadership […]

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The Wacky, Wonderful McGurk Effect

Posted on September 25, 2011

When I was a law clerk working on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit several years back, a case came up involving the competency of blind jurors.  I wasn’t assigned to the case — and, as a result, don’t remember any of the details — but the general question […]

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The Situation of the Climate Change Debate

Posted on July 18, 2011

Situationist Contributor Dan Kahan, Maggie Wittlin, Ellen Peters, Situationist Contributor Paul Slovic, Lisa Ouellette, Donald Braman, and Gregory Mandel, recently posted their paper, “The Tragedy of the Risk-Perception Commons: Culture Conflict, Rationality Conflict, and Climate Change” on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. The conventional explanation for controversy over climate change emphasizes impediments to public understanding: Limited […]

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This Year’s SALMS Speaker Series.

Posted on September 2, 2010

Mark your calendar! The list of speakers for the 2010-2011 academic year has been posted on the SALMS (Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences) website. The current list of speakers is as follows: Jim Sidanius Daniel Dennett Drazen Prelec Dan Kahan [Situationist Contributor] Sam Sommers Nalini Ambady Patrick Shin John Jost [Situationist Contributor] For […]

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The Situation of the Health Care Debate

Posted on March 14, 2010

A Harvard Law student wrote a worthwhile post on Law & Mind a few weeks ago about some of the dynamics behind the health care debate.  Here is an excerpt. * * * How should an institution inspire collective action?  What’s the best strategy?  The conventional wisdom is that to solve a collective problem, the […]

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Value-Affirmation, and the Situation of Climate Change Beliefs

Posted on February 26, 2010

On NPR’s All Things Considered, Situationist Contributor Dan Kahan and Donald Braman were interviewed this week by Christopher Joyce regarding their important work on cultural cognition.  Here is an excerpt. * * * Over the past few months, polls show that fewer Americans say they believe humans are making the planet dangerously warmer, and that is […]

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The Situation of Scientific Consensus

Posted on February 15, 2010

Situationist Contributor Dan Kahan, Hank Jenkins-Smith, and Donald Braman, have just posted another fascinating paper, “Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Why do members of the public disagree – sharply and persistently – about facts on which expert scientists largely agree? We designed a study to test a […]

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The Broader Situation: A Case Study of Cop Car Cameras

Posted on February 12, 2010

As part of my new commitment to posting more of my work on SSRN, I’ve just put up another forthcoming article that may be of interest to some readers.  It offers a law and mind sciences (situationist / critical realist) perspective on Yale Law School’s Cultural Cognition Project (CCP) using a great recent article by […]

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Cultural Cognition as a Conception of the Cultural Theory of Risk

Posted on December 18, 2009

Situationist Contributor Dan Kahan posted his recent paper, “Cultural Cognition as a Conception of the Cultural Theory of Risk,” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Cultural cognition refers to the tendency of individuals to form beliefs about societal dangers that reflect and reinforce their commitments to particular visions of the ideal society. Cultural […]

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Construing “Acquaintance Rape”

Posted on August 26, 2009

Situationist Contributor Dan Kahan recently posted his fascinating paper, “Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Perceives What, and Why, in ‘Acquaintance Rape’ Cases.”  Here’s the abstract. * * * This paper uses the theory of cultural cognition to examine the debate over rape-law reform. Cultural cognition refers to the tendency of individuals to conform their perceptions […]

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Brooks on the Situation of Judging

Posted on May 31, 2009

New York Times columnnist David Brooks had a nice op-ed, “The Empathy Issue,” picking up some of the themes in the recent op-ed by Situationist Contributors Adam Benforado and Jon Hanson.  Here are some excerpts. * * * The American legal system is based on a useful falsehood. It’s based on the falsehood that this […]

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The Situation of Risk Perceptions – Abstract

Posted on October 8, 2008

Gregory Mandel, Donald Braman, and Situationist Contributor Dan Kahan recently posted their paper, “Cultural Cognition and Synthetic Biology Risk Perceptions: A Preliminary Analysis,” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * We describe the results of a study to determine the synthetic-biology risk perceptions of a large and diverse sample of Americans (N = 1,500). […]

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The Cultural Situation of the HPV Vaccine – Abstract

Posted on August 11, 2008

Situationist Contributors Dan Kahan, Geoffrey Cohen, and Paul Slovic and their coauthors Donald Braman, and John Gastil, recently posted a fascinating paper, “Who Fears the HPV Vaccine, Who Doesn’t, and Why? An Experimental Study of the Mechanisms of Cultural Cognition” on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * The cultural cognition hypothesis holds that individuals […]

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Law, Chicken Sexing, Torture Memo, and Situation Sense

Posted on May 25, 2008

It’s law-school graduation season. Here is one of the best law-school commencement speeches in recent memory, given by Situationist contributor Dan Kahan at Yale Law School two years ago. * * * I’m sure we are all moved by the profound and unique signification of commencement exercises at Yale Law School. At other, lesser law […]

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Culture and Identity-Protective Cognition – Abstract

Posted on May 16, 2008

Situationist contributor Dan Kahan, Donald Braman, John Gastil, Situationist contributor Paul Slovic, and C.K. Mertz, posted their fascinating paper, “Culture and Identity-Protective Cognition: Explaining the White Male Effect in Risk Perception” (forthcoming 4 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 465-505, November 2007) on SSRN. * * * Why do white men fear various risks less than […]

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The Second National Risk and Culture Study – Abstract

Posted on May 4, 2008

Situationist contributor Dan Kahan, Donald Braman, Situationist contributor Paul Slovic, John Gastil, and Geoffrey Cohen posted their paper, “The Second National Risk and Culture Study: Making Sense of – and Making Progress In – The American Culture War of Fact” on SSRN. We’ve pasted the abstract below. * * * Cultural Cognition refers to the […]

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