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An Interview with NYU’s Adam Alter

Posted on March 25, 2013

As detailed in a post last week, NYU marketing and psychology professor Adam Alter’s terrific new book, Drunk Tank Pink, is now out in bookstores around the country.  It is a thoroughly interesting and engaging read and well worth picking up (indeed, you can order a copy here on Amazon). As part of what I […]

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Ideology, Purity, and Environment

Posted on February 10, 2013

From UC Berkeley Press: When it comes to climate change, deforestation and toxic waste, the assumption has been that conservative views on these topics are intractable. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that such viewpoints can be changed after all, when the messages about the need to be better stewards of […]

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Heat of the Moment

Posted on July 23, 2011

From Wired Science: The link between violence and hot weather is so intuitive that it’s embedded in our language: Hotheads lose tempers that flare, anger simmers and comes to a boil, and eventually we cool down. So what does science have to say? Do tempers truly soar with temperature? The answer, appropriately enough for these […]

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The Situation of Depression

Posted on September 29, 2010

From Gallup (09/28/10): Residents of Gulf Coast-facing counties experienced a decline in their overall emotional health, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Emotional Health Index, in the 15 weeks after the onset of the BP oil spill. Those living in inland counties in the same Gulf of Mexico states showed no such drops in emotional health […]

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The Situation of Chasing Storms

Posted on June 26, 2009

WCCO (a CBS affliate in Minneapolis, Minnesota) has an interesting piece on what attracts people to chasing storms.  We excerpt it below. * * * Most of us aren’t quite as ambitious as the storm chaser to brought us video of the tornado in Austin, Minn. But think about how you react when crazy weather […]

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The Tort Situation of the Dallas Cowboys’ Practice Facility Collapse

Posted on May 16, 2009

Situationist contributor Michael McCann has a Sports Illustrated commentary on the tort implications of the recent and tragic collapse of the Dallas Cowboys’ indoor practice facility.  We excerpt the piece below. * * * The second and more worrisome area for the Cowboys is tort law and specifically Texas law on negligence. Negligence refers to […]

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Mood & Memory

Posted on May 5, 2009

From a recent brief story, “Bad mood, better recall, researchers find“: * * * People grumbling their way through the grimness of winter have better recall than those enjoying a carefree, sunny day, Australian researchers have found. The University of New South Wales team used a Sydney news agency to test whether people’s moods had […]

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The Situation of Affective Forecasting and the Law – Abstract

Posted on July 1, 2008

We recently encountered a worthwhile essay by Jeremy A. Blumenthal, titled “Law and the Emotions: The Problems of Affective Forecasting” (80 Indiana Law Journal (2004)), on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * Legal scholarship on behavioralism and the implications of cognitive biases for the law is flourishing. In parallel with the rise of such […]

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The Market as Situation and Situational Character

Posted on January 16, 2008

Publisher’s Weekly describes Michael Shermer’s new book, The Mind of the Market, as follows: Shermer provides an in-depth examination of evolutionary economics. Using fascinating examples — from monkeys that balk at unfair distributions of rewards after completing a task to humans who feel cheated when offered $10 of free money if a partner is given […]

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The Situation of Prognostication

Posted on January 15, 2008

The results of the New Hampshire Democratic primary seem to have caught many pundits by surprise. It’s a topic that we touched on recently in “Ballot Framing Effects and the New Hampshire Primary.” But with the season of political predictions, promises and prognostications ahead, we thought this was a nice moment to excerpt a 2006 […]

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The Need for a Situationist Morality

Posted on December 11, 2007

In 1999, renowned social psychologist Albert Bandura published an article examining the role of “Moral Disengagement in the Perpetration of Inhumanities.” That article’s abstract reads as follows: Moral agency is manifested in both the power to refrain from behaving inhumanely and the proactive power to behave humanely. Moral agency is embedded in a broader sociocognitive […]

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The Heat is On

Posted on February 9, 2007

Last week, the United Nations made public the fourth IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report on climate-change. The report, collaboratively prepared by many of the world’s most authoritative climate scientists concluded that there is at least a 90 percent chance that we humans are the cause of current increasing temperatures around the planet. Among […]

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