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The Situational Benefits of Compassion

Posted on May 20, 2013

Emma Seppala, for The Observer, has an outstanding overview of some of the health consequences and contagiousness of compassion.  Here is a portion of her article: Decades of clinical research has focused and shed light on the psychology of human suffering. That suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often also has a bright side to […]

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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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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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Max Bazerman Speaks at HLS – Thursday!

Posted on February 7, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 12-1 p.m. Wasserstein 1015 Professor Max Bazerman (HBS) “Bounded Ethicality” Sponsor: Student Association for Law & Mind Sciences Professor Bazerman will present his recent research on ethical behavior. He argues that, in contrast to the search for the few “bad apples,” the majority of unethical events occur as the result of ordinary […]

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The Situation of Habits

Posted on January 17, 2013

From Goodlife Project: Jonathan Fields, interviews New York Times investigative reporter and author of The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg. Related Situationist Posts: The Situation of Good Habits The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 2 The Situation of Self-Regulation The Situation of Willpower Investing in Vice The Science of Addiction, The Myth of Choice The Situational Effects […]

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Robert Lustig on Effects and Politics of Sugar

Posted on December 31, 2012

Dr. Robert Lustig (Sugar: The Bitter Truth) speaks at Yale’s Peabody Museum on the policy and politics of the “Sugar Pandemic.” Hosted by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. Related Situationist posts: The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 3 The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 2 The Situation of […]

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The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 3

Posted on December 15, 2012

Part 3 of the BBC’s Remarkable Three-Part Series “The Men Who Made Us Fat”: Jacques Peretti examines assumptions about what is and is not healthy. He also looks at how product marketing can seduce consumers into buying supposed ‘healthy foods’ such as muesli and juices, both of which can be high in sugar. He speaks […]

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The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 2

Posted on December 14, 2012

Part 2 of the BBC’s Remarkable Three-Part Series “The Men Who Made Us Fat”: Jacques Peretti investigates how the concept of ‘supersizing’ changed our eating habits forever. How did we – once a nation of moderate eaters – start to want more? Speaking to Mike Donahue, former McDonalds Vice President, Peretti explores the history behind […]

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The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 1

Posted on December 12, 2012

From Introduction of BBC’s Remarkable Three-Part Series “The Men Who Made Us Fat”: Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Two thirds of British adults are overweight and one in four of us is classified as obese. In the first of this three-part series, Jacques Peretti traces those […]

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The Situation of Poor Choices

Posted on December 5, 2012

Social psychologist and Situationist friend Dave Nussbaum has another outstanding situationist post over on Random Assignments.  Here’s how it starts. One of the obstacles that keeps the poor from rising out of poverty is the tendency to make costly financial decisions – like buying lottery tickets, taking out high interest loans (PDF), and failing to […]

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The Deeply Captured Situation of Sugar

Posted on November 25, 2012

Mother Jones has a superb new article on the deeply captured situation of sugar.  It begins as follows: ON A BRISK SPRING Tuesday in 1976, a pair of executives from the Sugar Association stepped up to the podium of a Chicago ballroom to accept the Oscar of the public relations world, the Silver Anvil award for excellence in “the forging […]

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Don Kinder on the Role of Race in the 2012 Election – Today

Posted on November 1, 2012

“He’s Still Black: The Role of Race in the 2012 Presidential Election” With Dr. Don Kinder, University of Michigan Political Science Thursday, Nov. 1, 12 pm Austin North Free Chinese food! In 2008, Americans chose Barack Obama to be the 44th president of the United States. The following morning, The New York Times proclaimed that […]

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Seduction by Contract

Posted on October 20, 2012

Oren Bar-Gill recently posted his introductory chapter for his intriguing new book, “Seduction by Contract: Law, Economics and Psychology in Consumer Markets” on SSRN.   Here’s the abstract. Consumers routinely enter into contracts with providers of goods and services. These contracts are designed by sophisticated sellers to exploit the psychological biases of consumers. They provide short-term […]

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Dr. Ryan Enos at HLS on the Role of Trivial Things on Elections

Posted on October 11, 2012

Today, October 4th 12 pm, Austin North Dr. Ryan Enos (Harvard Government) “Mitt Romney is Really, Really Good Looking: Do Attractiveness and Other Trivial Things Affect Elections?” Free Chinese food! Cognitive and social psychology have evidence that physical appearance can powerfully shape human behavior through “thin slice” judgments. Advances in measurement allow us to measure the […]

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The Agricultural Situation of Climate Change

Posted on September 16, 2012

From TEDxTC: A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. At TEDxTC Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin “terraculture” — farming for the whole planet. Jonathan Foley studies complex environmental systems and their affects on society. His computer models […]

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The Interior Situational Effect of Ads

Posted on September 14, 2012

Video from UMISR: Brain scans showing neural reactions to pro-health messages can predict if you’ll keep that resolution to quit smoking more accurately than you yourself can. In this video, ISR researcher Emily Falk talks about her current and future research. From APS (regarding Psychological Science article by Emily Falk, Elliot T. Berkman, and Matt Lieberman): […]

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Compliance – The Movie

Posted on August 20, 2012

From MagnoliaPictures: When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right? Inspired by true events, COMPLIANCE tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd (Garden […]

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Rebecca Onie on the Situation of Health (and Health Care)

Posted on June 22, 2012

From TEDtalksDirector: Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that — and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and […]

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Haidt on “The Righteous Mind”

Posted on May 7, 2012

From Wired: Jonathan Haidt is a professor in social psychology and author of The Righteous Mind, an examination of the intuitive foundations of morality and its consequences. He has some disgusting stories for you. Imagine, if you will, a man going to a supermarket, buying a ready-to-cook chicken, taking it home, and having sexual intercourse […]

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The Religious Situation of Compassion and Generosity

Posted on May 3, 2012

From UC Berkeley: “Love thy neighbor” is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people. In three experiments, social scientists found that compassion consistently drove less religious […]

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