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Law, Chicken Sexing, Torture Memo, and Situation Sense

Posted on May 25, 2008

It’s law-school graduation season. Here is one of the best law-school commencement speeches in recent memory, given by Situationist contributor Dan Kahan at Yale Law School two years ago. * * * I’m sure we are all moved by the profound and unique signification of commencement exercises at Yale Law School. At other, lesser law […]

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Posted in Education, Law, Legal Theory, Life, Morality, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

Lessons Learned from the Abu Ghraib Horrors

Posted on April 28, 2008

On April 28, 2004, four years ago, our nation, and the world, was shocked by the revelation of the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. More surprising than the fact of the abuse, for soldiers often abuse their enemies in wartime, was the nature of the “trophy photos.” Both male and female […]

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The Situation of Lying

Posted on April 7, 2008

Melaine Linder of Forbes has an interesting piece on lying, what situations bring it on, and how it can be detected. We excerpt her article below. * * * According to social psychologist Leonard Saxe, director of the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University . . . the right pressures or incentives will cause […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – January ’08

Posted on February 3, 2008

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during January. (They are listed in alphabetical order by source.) * * * From In Mind: Are Stereotypes True? “Are African Americans really better at basketball than Caucasians? Are blonds really dumber than brunettes? Are women really worse at […]

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Posted in Blogroll, Choice Myth, Emotions, Implicit Associations, Law, Life, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Social Psychology | Leave a Comment »

The Facial Obviousness of Lying

Posted on November 11, 2007

Mark Frank, a professor of social psychology at the University of Buffalo, studies the connection between facial expression and honesty. Frank has identified specific patterns in the tics, furrows, smirks, frowns and displacement actions of the facial muscles when one is speaking and connected those patterns with the speaker’s truthfulness. His research has attracted the […]

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Posted in Emotions, Law | 1 Comment »

Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)

Posted on October 19, 2007

In a previous post we recommended, and excerpted the introduction of, an excellent new book, “Mistakes Were Made (but not by me),” written by social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. In this post, we provide an overview of the entire book. Mistakes Were Made is about the human propensity for “tenacious[ly] clinging to a […]

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Seeing More Than Hand Gestures: Cultural Influences on Reading Body Language

Posted on July 29, 2007

Body language is a bigger factor in communication than most people realize. If you don’t agree, try looking away from someone as they are trying to talk to you. Or ask anyone who is trained in interrogation; they will tell you that a person’s face and hand gestures give away more than their words. Throughout […]

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