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Uncovering the Situation With Technology

Posted on February 11, 2011

I have a distinct memory of coming home from school one day in seventh grade and announcing to my parents that the Fairfax County Public School System had gone off the deep end.  Why? They were forcing all students to learn how to touch-type! How utterly useless!  I was never, ever going to need this […]

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Reactions to the Repeal of DADT

Posted on February 8, 2011

Over at the new Law & Mind Blog, several Harvard Law students have been blogging about about System Justification Theory.  Here is one of those posts, written by first-year student Michael Lieberman. * * * In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proudly proclaimed: “Starting this year, no American will be forbidden […]

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Blogroll Review – Part 2

Posted on February 7, 2011

Over at the new Law & Mind Blog, a group of Harvard Law students is writing a series of posts reviewing other mind-science blogs. Each post provides a summary of several blogs and features one that the author finds especially valuable. Here’s Part 2 of that series (authored by second-year student Jeremy Troxel). * * […]

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A Horror Movie for Palinites?

Posted on January 19, 2011

Despite my love of cinema, I tend to always fall behind on catching the latest movies. Case in point: during the past weekend, I finally had the opportunity to see The King’s Speech, which my own grandmother watched and wrote me about . . . last year. As a sort of New Year’s resolution, I’m […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Entertainment, Ideology, Politics, Video | 2 Comments »

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Situationism

Posted on January 15, 2011

This post was originally published on January 22, 2007. * * * Monday’s holiday provides an apt occasion to highlight the fact that, at least by my reckoning, Martin Luther King, Jr. was, among other things, a situationist. To be sure, King is most revered in some circles for quotations that are easily construed as […]

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Blood & Race

Posted on December 21, 2010

From the Harvard Gazette: The centuries-old “one-drop rule” assigning minority status to mixed-race individuals appears to live on in our modern-day perception and categorization of people like Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, and Halle Berry. So say Harvard University psychologists, who’ve found that we still tend to see biracials not as equal members of both parent […]

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Speaking Truth to the Situation

Posted on December 9, 2010

This week’s This American Life was titled “Last Man Standing,” which included three outstanding “stories about people who feel compelled to keep going, especially when everyone else has given up,” including: a story about the only Juror on the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich who believed he was innocent of trying to sell […]

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News about the Captured Situation of Food Policy

Posted on November 16, 2010

From the New York Times: Domino’s Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It teamed up with Domino’s to develop a new line of pizzas with […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Food and Drug Law, Politics, Public Policy | 4 Comments »

Interview with Professor Eric Knowles

Posted on November 9, 2010

From The Project on Law & Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School (PLMS): Here is an illuminating interview of Situationist Contributor Eric Knowles by Harvard Law student Anna Lamut. The interview, titled “On Moral Judgment and Normative Questions” lasts just over 72 minutes. It was conducted as part of the Law and Mind Science Seminar […]

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Tamara Piety on Market Manipulation

Posted on September 18, 2010

In response to Adam Beneforado’s terrific post this week, “Breaking Up Is Easy to Do: When Corporations Dump Consumers,” Situationist friend Tamara Piety wrote another excellent comment, a portion of which we’ve posted below. * * * To me, one of most offensive examples of this type of channeling is the price discrimination practice involved in […]

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Posted in Behavioral Economics, Choice Myth, Life, Marketing, Public Relations, Situationist Contributors | 1 Comment »

Situationism in the Blogosphere – July, Part II

Posted on August 27, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during July 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From Jury Room: “Deliberations: Jurors think and feel as they make decisions” “Our legal system assumes jurors will make their decisions without bias. This assumption […]

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The Situation of Terror Babies

Posted on August 17, 2010

Over the past few days, allegations of a frightening new terrorist plot have emerged.  Indeed, at the end of last week, Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle and Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert appeared on different editions of “Anderson Cooper 360” to sound the alarm that the Obama administration has been ignoring a critical threat to the […]

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Posted in Emotions, Entertainment, Illusions, Politics, Situationist Contributors | 2 Comments »

Shirley Sherrod and the Situation of Racial Discourse

Posted on July 27, 2010

Situationist friend Charles Ogletree and Johanna Wald had a terrific editorial this Sunday, titled “After Shirley Sherrod, We all Need To Slow Down and Listen,” in which, among other things, they discuss the relevance of research by Situationist Contributors Mahzarin Banaji and Jerry Kang.  Here are some excerpts. * * * President Obama has called […]

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Posted in Distribution, History, Implicit Associations, Morality, Politics, Situationist Contributors | 2 Comments »

Situationist Political Science and the Situation of Voters

Posted on July 14, 2010

Joe Keohane wrote an outstanding article, “How Facts Backfire: Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains,” for the Boston Globe last week.  Here are some excerpts. * * * It’s one of the great assumptions underlying modern democracy that an informed citizenry is preferable to an uninformed one. “Whenever the people are well-informed, […]

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The Situation of ‘Common Sense’

Posted on July 6, 2010

On April 15, I had the pleasure of participating in a Collaborative training symposium on Implicit Bias and Eyewitness Identification, conducted for Connecticut prosecutors and public defenders.  I spoke on the topic of implicit bias, a core research interest.  It was an interesting conversation, and the engagement was intelligent, thoughtful, and public minded. Afterwards, Chris Nolan, […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Naive Cynicism, Situationist Contributors | 9 Comments »

The Situation of Presidential Death Threats

Posted on June 28, 2010

Gregory Scott Parks, and Danielle Heard recently posted their fascinating paper, titled “‘Assassinate the Nigger Ape': Obama, Implicit Imagery, and the Dire Consequences of Racist Jokes,” on SSRN.  Here is the abstract. * * * In 1994, Congress passed legislation stating that Presidents elected to office after January 1, 1997, would no longer receive lifetime […]

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Sarah Jones on Stereotypes and Stereotyping

Posted on June 26, 2010

We highly recommend a 13-minute podcast in which Sarah Jones (a Tony Award winning playwright and performer) reflects on morals, racial stereotyping, and the perils of West Coast jaywalking.  You can listen to the podcast (recorded  live at The Moth Main Stage) here. * * * For a sample of related Situationist posts, see “Why […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – May, Part II

Posted on June 21, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during May 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From Experiments in Philosophy: “Sex on the Bench: Do Women and Men Have Different Moral Values?” “With Barack Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan, the United […]

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The Situation of Sexism

Posted on May 17, 2010

Shankar Vedantam, author of the outstanding book, “The Hidden Brain,” excerpted a brief section of that book for TheAge.com. Here are some excerpts from that excerpt. * * * . . . . The existence of unconscious sexism can be scientifically proved in laboratory experiments. . . . Bias is much harder to demonstrate scientifically […]

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Posted in Book, Distribution, Education, Life, Neuroscience | 4 Comments »

The Situation of Prejudice: Us vs. Them? or Them Is Us?

Posted on May 15, 2010

Here is another segment from John Quinones excellent ABC 20/20 series titled “What Would You Do?” — a series that, in essence, conducts situationist experiments through hidden-camera scenarios (in consultation with renowned social psychologist John Dovidio). * * * * * * To review a sample of related Situationist posts, see “The ‘Turban Effect’,” “Journalists as […]

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Posted in Conflict, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

 
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