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Situationism in the Blogosphere – October

Posted on November 30, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during October 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From BPS Research Digest: “Don’t touch! On the mixed effects of avoidant instructions” “What happens if you tell a golfer not to over-shoot a putt? […]

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The Stressful Situation of Disease

Posted on October 26, 2010

Here is a synopsis of a recent article, titled “Do neighbourhoods matter? Neighbourhood disorder and long-term trends in serum cortisol levels (published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health), by Patrick H. Ryan (for Environmental Health News): * * * Children – especially African Americans – who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods have consistently low […]

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Performing Under Pressure

Posted on September 22, 2010

Situationist friend Sian Beilock’s highly anticipated new book, Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To, is now out.  As someone who has had both great successes and great failures under pressure, I’ve been very excited to read Choke since Sian first mentioned it to me.  What […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Book, Life, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Situationist Sports | 3 Comments »

The Viral Situation of Obesity

Posted on September 21, 2010

From UC San Diego News: The emerging idea that obesity may have an infectious origin gets new support in a cross-sectional study by University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers who found that children exposed to a particular strain of adenovirus were significantly more likely to be obese. The study will be published […]

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The Situation of Property Ownership

Posted on September 7, 2010

Patricia Kanngiesser, Nathalia Gjersoe, and Bruce M. Hood recently published a fascinating paper, titled “The Effect of Creative Labor on Property-Ownership Transfer by Preschool Children and Adults,” in the August 16, 2010 issue of Psychological Science.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Recognizing property ownership is of critical importance in social interactions, but little is […]

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The Situation of Psychopaths

Posted on July 8, 2010

NPR’s Morning Edition had a three-part series, called “Inside the Criminal Brain” (hosted by Renee Montagne and Barbara Hagerty) at the end of June.  The first in the of the series, “Neuroscientist Uncovers A Dark Secret” (which you can listen to here) tells the story of neuroscientist James Fallon.  Here are some excerpts from the […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Emotions, Legal Theory, Morality, Neuroscience, Video | 3 Comments »

Our Carcinogenic Situation

Posted on May 12, 2010

The President’s Cancer Panel last week published its 2008 – 2009 Annual Report, “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risks: What We Can Do Now.”  Here is an extended excerpt from the Report’s executive summary, describing the extent of the problem. * * * Despite overall decreases in incidence and mortality, cancer continues to shatter and steal the […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Environment, Food and Drug Law, Politics | 1 Comment »

Obesity and Bullying

Posted on May 9, 2010

Christian Nordqvist wrote a nice summary of recent research for  Medical News Today on the relationship of obesity with bullying.  Here are a few excerpts. * * * A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reports that obese children have a higher risk of being bullied, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, social skills, academic […]

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The Situation of Bullying

Posted on April 27, 2010

Maia Szalavitz, co-author of Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential — and Endangered wrote an intriguing article, titled “How Not to Raise a Bully: The Early Roots of Empathy” in a recent issue of Time Magazine.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Increasingly, neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of […]

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The Situation of Fame

Posted on October 29, 2009

CNN‘s Elizabeth Landau has written an interesting article, title “How the ‘fame motive’ makes you want to be a star.”  Here are some excerpts. * * * As a large silver balloon floated its way over Colorado, millions of Americans spent hours glued to their televisions wondering if 6-year-old Falcon Heene, assumed to be inside […]

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Hey Dove! Talk to YOUR parent!

Posted on September 21, 2009

[This post was first published in October of 2007.] Several weeks ago, as part of its much lauded “Dove Campaign for Real Beauty,” Unilever released “Onslaught,” a video (above) examining disturbing images of women in beauty-industry advertising. The video ends with this admonition to parents: “Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does.” It’s […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Life, Marketing, Video | 2 Comments »

The Secret Politics of the Compatibilist Criminal Law

Posted on September 3, 2009

I recently stumbled upon a really provocative paper by Anders Kaye entitled, “The Secret Politics of the Compatibilist Criminal Law.” Given that one of the key issues addressed in  the paper is whether compatibilist theories of free will–which focus very heavily on dispositional traits and conscious mental states–can accommodate situational forces that are criminogenic (e.g., […]

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Posted in Law, Legal Theory, Morality, Philosophy, Social Psychology, System Legitimacy, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Examining the Bullying Situation

Posted on June 17, 2009

Dr. Perri Klass recently wrote an interesting essay, titled “At Last, Facing Down Bullies (and Their Enablers),” for The New York Times on the situation of bullies and bullying.  Here are some excerpts. * * * In recent years, pediatricians and researchers in this country have been giving bullies and their victims the attention they […]

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Situationally Idle: Is Summer Vacation too Long for Kids?

Posted on June 16, 2009

A pediatrician blogging on Daily Kos challenges the merits of 12-week-long summer vacation for kids.  We excerpt his piece below. * * * For some kids, summer vacation will mean a dizzying array of chores and sports, camps and sitters. For others, vacation means sitting camped out in front of a television ten hours a […]

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The Marketing Situation of Children

Posted on May 20, 2009

The Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood has an excellent video, Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood, depicting the ubiquity and power of childhood advertising.  Here’s the trailer. For related Situationist posts, see “Merchants of Discontent – Abstract,” “Hey Dove! Talk to YOUR parent!,” “Spas and Girls,” and “Fitting in and Sizing up.”

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Smile If You Love Your Future Relationships

Posted on April 25, 2009

From Live Science, here’s an interesting summary by Clara Moskowitz of recent research suggesting that “Smiles Predict Marriage Success.”  Here are some excerpts. * * * If you want to know whether your marriage will survive, look at your spouse’s yearbook photos. Psychologists have found that how much people smile in old photographs can predict […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Emotions, Life, Positive Psychology | 5 Comments »

The Situation of Conspiracy and President-Elect Obama’s Origin of Birth

Posted on December 9, 2008

Alex Koppelman of Salon has an interesting piece on the quixotic–and today, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court, rejected–claims that Barack Obama was not born a naturalized U.S. citizen, and thus should not be eligible to become President on January 20, 2009.  We excerpt the piece below. * * * Barack Obama can’t be president: […]

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Emotional Content of True and False Memories – Abstract

Posted on December 8, 2008

Cara Laney and Elizabeth Loftus recently published their interesting article, Emotional Content of True and False Memories (16  Psychol. Press 500-516 (2008) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Many people believe that emotional memories (including those that arise in therapy) are particularly likely to represent true events because of their emotional content. But […]

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The Overlooked Normalcy of Only Children

Posted on September 23, 2008

Last year, we blogged on the situation of only children.  Below we excerpt a piece by Heidi Stevens of the Chicago Tribune on how stereotypes of only children being not as well adjusted as kids with siblings appears to be untrue. * * * But for all their strength in numbers, only children (and their […]

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The Situation of Medical Research

Posted on June 15, 2008

Gardiner Harris and Benedict Carey wrote an article in last week’s New York Times includes, titled “Researchers Fail to Reveal Full Drug Pay.“ In it , they describe yet another instance of industry influence over what research and manipulation of the marketplace of ideas. We’ve included a few excerpts from the story below. * * […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Education, Food and Drug Law, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »