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Wegstock #4 – Tim Wilson

Posted on July 29, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Edward O. Wilson’s Situationist Plea

Posted on November 29, 2007

In this month’s issue of The Atlantic, Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson makes a compelling plea to Americans to consider the powerful forces around them and within them that are too little understood or too often ignored. Although he doesn’t express his point in exactly situationist terms, his does seem a situationist message. He asserts […]

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Wegstock #7 – Nick Epley

Posted on August 9, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and are well […]

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Wegstock #6 – Kurt Gray

Posted on August 6, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #5 – Henk Aarts

Posted on August 2, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #3 – John Haidt

Posted on July 26, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #2 – Susan Fiske

Posted on July 24, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #1 – Dan Gilbert’s Opening Remarks

Posted on July 21, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock 2011

Posted on August 3, 2012

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University.  Videos of the talks are available online here. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler […]

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Redirect

Posted on September 15, 2011

From the Atlantic, here is a review of Situationist Contributor Tim Wilson’s latest book: In our ceaseless quest for self-improvement and our relentless pursuit of happiness, most of us have had some brush with the world that lives on the spectrum between self-help books and legitimate clinical psychotherapy. But a compelling new (non-self-help) book suggests […]

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Introspection, Retrospection, & the 2008 Election

Posted on November 3, 2008

Situationist contributor Tim Wilson and Situationist friend Dan Gilbert have shown that, although we expect the outcomes of presidential elections to significantly influence how happy we feel, the evidence indicates otherwise.  As with most things, our affective forecasting is not to be trusted.  Gilbert summarizes one study this way: Democrats predicted they’d be devastated if […]

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Situating Emotion

Posted on October 15, 2007

Up and comng situationist legal scholar David Arkush has written a thoughtful paper, “Situating Emotion: A Critical Realist View of Emotion and Nonconscious Cognitive Processes for the Law,” in which he, as the title indicates, situates emotion. More specifically, Arkush describes the typical view of emotion in the legal literature, introduces a more realistic, situationist […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Emotions, Legal Theory, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

The Situation of Happiness

Posted on August 23, 2007

In May, the American Psychological Society (APS) held their annual conference (drawing 3000 psychologists to D.C.) at which numerous prominent social psychologists gave presentations. The latest issue of Observer, the APS magazine, contains articles summarizing a few of those presentations. This is the second in a series of posts (for the first post, click here) […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Emotions, Life, Marketing, Social Psychology | 7 Comments »

Manufactured Hype: Can ESPN’s Agenda-Setting Behaviour save Major League Soccer?

Posted on August 14, 2007

(Author’s note: I am an avid soccer fan and fully support its growth in North America.) In a previous post, I argued that ESPN has the power and credibility to kill a professional sports league; this post asks if it can breathe life into a fledgling one. * * * * ESPN has gone soccer […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology | 18 Comments »

The Unlucky Irish: Celtics Fans and Affective Forecasting

Posted on May 28, 2007

For Celtics fans, last week was a lousy week. On Tuesday night, the NBA conducted its draft lottery, and the Celtics wound up with the worst possible outcome: the 5th pick in next month’s draft. (To watch the lottery and some conventional commentary about it, click on the video below.) So, no Greg Oden and […]

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2013 SPSP Awards

Posted on October 11, 2013

From SPSP Website: September 18, 2013 – When you pass by a stranger in need of help, do you stop to lend a hand? Maybe not… A landmark 1973 study found that seminary students in a hurry were less likely to help someone in distress, even when they were on their way to deliver a […]

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The Facial Situation of Presidential Candidates

Posted on May 16, 2012

From InMind (an outstanding article by Dr. Theresa DiDonato from a few years ago): If your citizenship comes with the responsibility – and privilege – of voting, then every few years you face an interesting challenge. Who will you vote for? Whether you choose to support an incumbent, a celebrated war hero, an experienced government […]

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Situationist Corruption

Posted on September 14, 2010

Molly J. Walker Wilson recently posted her article, “Behavioral Decision Theory and Implications for the Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Jurisprudence” (Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 31, p. 679, 2010) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * America stands at a moment in history when advances in the understanding of human decision-making are increasing the strategic […]

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Trust Me: You’ll Enjoy this Post

Posted on April 21, 2010

Craig Lambert has a worthwhile interview with Situationist friend, Dan Gilbert (author of the best-selling 2007 psychology book Stumbling on Happiness and host of the recent PBS television series This Emotional Life.), in the current issue of Harvard Magazine.   Here are some excerpts. * * * In a recent issue of Science, Gilbert and […]

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The Situation of Biased Perceptions

Posted on June 10, 2009

Emily Aronson and Ushma Patel recently wrote a nice article (pasted below) about the important work of Situationist Contributor and psychology star Emily Pronin. Pronin’s work takes on special significance this week in light debates about the Sotomayor nomination and this week’s Supreme Court’s decision in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., in which Justice […]

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