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Sam Sommers on “Empirical Perspectives on Jury Diversity”

Posted on November 28, 2010

Tufts Psychology Professor Sam Sommers speaks at Harvard Law School about his research on the interaction between the legal system and the psychology of race, stereotyping, and diversity. Watch the video here. For a sample of related Situationist posts, see “Sam Sommers at Harvard Law School” or click here.

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Sam Sommers at Harvard Law School

Posted on November 5, 2010

Today the HLS Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) is hosting a talk by Tufts psychology professor Sam Sommers entitled “Empirical Perspectives on Jury Diversity.” Professor Sommers has extensively studied the interaction between the legal system and the psychology of race, stereotyping, and diversity and has served as an expert witness on racial […]

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Nalini Ambady Needs Our Help

Posted on April 2, 2013

Social psychologists have launched an international campaign to save the life of Nalini Ambady, a Stanford University social psychologist and Situationist friend who is battling leukemia and urgently needs a bone marrow transplant. To find out what you can do, visit Help Nalini Now.  Please also read Sam Sommers post: Point. Click. Save this Woman’s […]

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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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Situationism in the Blogosphere – November, Part III

Posted on December 21, 2009

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during November 2009 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From Neuronarrative: “Thinking You’re in Control Can Lead to an Impulsive Demise” “[…] A new study in the journal Psychological Science investigated the dynamics underlying […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere, November 2009 – Part II

Posted on December 3, 2009

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during November 2009 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From Nicholas Herrera Psychology Today Blog: “Attributional Biases and Violent Soccer Play” “On November 5, 2009, during a soccer match between the University of New […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – February 2009

Posted on February 20, 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: “Amazonian Indigenous Culture Demonstrates a Universal Mapping of Numbers onto Space” “The ability to map numbers onto a line, a foundation […]

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The Situation of Resolutions

Posted on January 7, 2009

Just one week out into 2009, and many of us are already tripping up on our resolutions.   It’s another case of our disposition being weaker than our situation.  Here are a couple of excerpts that shed some light on the interior situation of our resolve. * * * From Sam Sommers’ excellent post “A […]

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“Us” and “Them”

Posted on December 21, 2008

Sam Sommers wrote a terrific situationist post, titled “The Power of Us,” on the Psychology Today blog.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Customers who insist on paying with a personal check at the grocery store. Waitresses who don’t write down your order. People who sit right in front of you at the movies […]

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A Situationist Considers the Implications of Simpson Sentencing

Posted on December 18, 2008

Sam Sommers continues to write super situationist posts over on the Psychology Today blog.  Here are excerpts from his recent post, titled “Whither O.J.?,” offering his reflections on reactions to the O.J. Simpson trials. * * * Today’s the day that O.J. Simpson finds out his prison sentence for his recent convictions for kidnapping, armed […]

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The Situational Power of Anonymity

Posted on December 2, 2008

Sam Sommers has another first-rate situationist post, titled “Aggressive Drivers Anonymous” over on the Psychology Today Blog.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Last week I was driving my daughters to a birthday party when I pulled over at an intersection to let a fire engine through. Naturally, one driver, in a green Nissan, […]

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The Racial Situation of Criminal Juries and the Consequences

Posted on September 10, 2008

Sam Sommers has yet another terrific post, this one titled “When Justice is Less than Blind,” over on the Psychology Today Blog.  Here are some excerpts. * * * At the time of the 2000 Census, Jefferson Parish had an African-American population of 23%. In 1990 that rate was 18%. These numbers render it all […]

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Seeing Michael Phelps’s Gold Medal Situation

Posted on August 19, 2008

Sam Sommers has another excellent (situationist) post, titled “The Greatest Ever? Not So Fast . . .” over at Psychology Today Blog. Sommers’s post is worth reading in its entirety (here), but here are a few particularly situationist excerpts. * * * U.S. Swimmer Michael Phelps just won his 8th gold medal of the Beijing […]

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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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The Situation of Preoperative Care

Posted on July 17, 2008

Sam Sommers, a social psychologist at Tufts University, has a nice post over on Psych Today on the elusive power of daily situations (and we appreciate his nice words!). His post delves into his situation while he was in pre-op. Here are some excerpts. * * * I have to admit, by this point I […]

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Praise for The Situationist

Posted on February 23, 2007

Since the The Situationist launched on January 26, 2007, we have received many kind words for which we are grateful. Here is a sampling: * * * The #1 Psychology and Neuroscience Blog of 2012 (of the top 30). ~ Online Psychology (1/29/2013) one of “40 Superb Psychology Blogs” ~ Psyblog (9/15/2012) “The Situationist – Jon […]

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The Pretense of Colorblindness

Posted on February 24, 2012

From Working Knowledge: In trying to prevent discrimination and prejudice, many companies adopt a strategy of “colorblindness”—actively trying to ignore racial differences when enacting policies and making organizational decisions. The logic is simple: if we don’t even notice race, then we can’t act in a racist manner. The problem is that most of us naturally […]

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Zimbardo Interview at The Believer

Posted on September 6, 2009

Philosopher Tamler Sommers was kind enough to post a link over at the Garden of Forking Paths to an interview he did with Situationist contributor Philip Zimbardo that appears in the latest edition of The Believer.  Here is the first question and answer from the interview: *** THE BELIEVER: I take it that one of […]

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