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Steven Pinker’s Ted Talks on “The Stuff of Thought”

Posted on May 24, 2008

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The State of Shareholder Power in the Situation of Citizens United 

Posted on April 22, 2010

Who is speaking when a corporation talks? Can a corporation represent all of its shareholders and workers in political speech? How will corporations decide who to represent?  In “Corporate Governance Redux in the Light of Citizens United,” Robert A.G. Monks will detail  the history of corporate personhood and how this case relates to corporate governance. […]

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Legal theory must incorporate discoveries from biology and behavioral sciences

Posted on October 15, 2013

Some recent discoveries in evolutionary biology, ethology, neurology, cognitive psychology and behavioral economics impels us to rethink the very foundations of law if we want to answer many questions remain unanswered in legal theory. Where does our ability to interpret rules and think in terms of fairness in relation to others come from? Does the […]

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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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Mapping the Brain

Posted on November 17, 2011

From Ted Talks: How can we begin to understand the way the brain works? The same way we begin to understand a city: by making a map. In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it all connects up.

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SALMS Fall 2011 Events

Posted on September 2, 2011

The Harvard Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) is excited to announce its tentative schedule for the Fall 2011 Speaker Series! Below, see confirmed speakers, the dates of their talks, and a very brief description (that certainly does not do their exceptional scholarship and topics justice). All listed talks are slated to begin […]

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Nicholas Christakis on the Situation of Epidemics

Posted on July 16, 2011

From TED Talks: After mapping humans’ intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1). Related […]

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Sheena Iyengar on the Situation of Choosing

Posted on August 3, 2010

From Ted Talks: “[Situationist friend] Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.” * * * * * […]

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Steven Pinker Speaks at Harvard Law School

Posted on December 17, 2009

From HLS in Focus (describing the new student group working with the Project on Law and Mind Sciences (PLMS) at Harvard Law School and the fascinating talk that Stephen Pinker recently gave there). * * * “SALMS” is a recently formed group whose acronym stands for: Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences. They are […]

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Steven Pinker at Harvard Law School

Posted on November 16, 2009

On Tuesday, November 17, The HLS Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) and the HLS Harvard Graduate Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB) Steering Committee are hosting a talk by Steven Pinker entitled “A History of Violence: How We Became Less Violent.” Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the […]

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The Situation of Information and Meaning-Making

Posted on July 9, 2009

From TED: “Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. In this short talk from TEDU, he asks: How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas? (Duration: 6:26): * * * To review a list of posts containing […]

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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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Stanford Prison Experiment – The Movie

Posted on February 2, 2015

From ETonline: The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered this week at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, is not always an easy film to watch. Much of the action takes place in barren 6-foot-wide hallway. The characters–seemingly normal and well-adjusted Stanford students recruited to participate in a landmark 1971 study about the psychology of imprisonment–take their […]

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Paul Bloom on the Situational Effects of Religion

Posted on December 3, 2013

Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University and contributing author of the 2012 Annual Review of Psychology, talks about his article “Religion, Morality, Evolution.” How did religion evolve? What effect does religion have on our moral beliefs and moral actions? These questions are related, as some scholars propose that religion has […]

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Nalini Ambady, Stanford psychology professor, dies at 54

Posted on November 2, 2013

By Bjorn Carey (Stanford News) Nalini Ambady, a Stanford professor of psychology, died Oct. 28 after a long battle with leukemia. Her passing followed a yearlong, worldwide effort by family, friends and students to find a bone marrow donor match. She was 54. A distinguished social psychologist, Ambady was well known for her research showing […]

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Wegstock #8 – Bill Swann

Posted on August 11, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring the late Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. The talks are brief and are well worth watching.  We are highlighting individual talks, roughly 15 minutes each, through August and September. In this video, Bill Swann delivers his talk “Now That’s Devotion,” in which he discusses ways in which […]

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The Gendered Situation of Smiling

Posted on February 27, 2013

By Soledad de Lemus, Russell Spears, & Miguel Moya wrote a terrific post on SPSP Blog about the mystery and meaning of the smile.  Here are some excerpts: We  smile when we feel happy, but smiles are more than just the outward display of an inner emotion. We are far more likely to smile when […]

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The Implicit Party of “Independent” Voters

Posted on February 22, 2013

This post,  written by Carlee Beth Hawkins about her work with Situationist Contributor Brian Nosek, was recently published on the SPSP Blog. Voters sometimes cross party lines, but not very often:  In U.S. elections, for example, people who label themselves Democrats usually vote for the Democratic candidate and Republicans vote Republican. The recent 2012 election  […]

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HLS SALMS – Officer Selection

Posted on February 12, 2013

HLS students, if you’re interested in the work of SALMS and want to be more involved over the next year, the current SALMS board will be selecting new officers this month. To apply, please send us your responses to the following: 1) Name, class year 2) Position(s) applying for (President, VP/Treasurer, Speakers Chair, Communications Chair) […]

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Jeremy Bailenson on Virtual Reality

Posted on January 9, 2013

From Pacific Standard (a brief excerpt from a long, worthwhile article about the work of Jeremy Bailenson): A few years ago, a research psychologist at Stanford University named Jeremy Bailenson effectively proved the soundness of Anderson’s recruitment methods (pdf). A week before the 2004 presidential election, Bailenson asked a bunch of prospective voters to look at photographs […]

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