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Your Brain on Politics

Posted on June 18, 2007

Drew Westen is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His research focuses on personality and personality-related disorders, which special focus on the cognitive and emotional processes that are essential to interpersonal relationships. Together with his collaborator Jonathan Shedler, Westen has developed the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure to help fellow practitioners […]

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Posted in Book, Emotions, Politics, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

Infant Death Rates in Mississippi

Posted on April 22, 2007

Erik Eckholm had an interesting but disheartening article in yesterday’s New York Times, “In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South,” about the escalating infant mortality rates in the deep south, particularly Mississippi. The article raises and briefly examines the common attributional question: Is the trend a consequence of disposition (“Some women just don’t have the […]

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Posted in Life, Public Policy | 2 Comments »

Promoting Dispostionism through Entertainment – Part II

Posted on March 1, 2007

In Part I of this series, we described how Americans pursue happiness by watching heroes like Rocky Balboa and Chris Gardner pursue theirs. We spend $10 per ticket and $8 per popcorn bucket to watch more-or-less fictional stories of the downtrodden rise up through sheer force of will and good life choices. Feels very satisfying. […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Entertainment, Life, System Legitimacy | 6 Comments »