Posted by The Situationist Staff on September 21, 2011
From the BBC’s “Bang Goes the Theory Team.”
Related Situationist posts:
- Shared Human Experiences
- Body Image and Materialism
- Law, Competition, Self-Interest
- The Situation of Being Green
- The Situational Effects of Hand-Washing,”
- “Unclean Hands,”
- “Bargh and Baumeister and the Free Will Debate — Part I & Part II”
- “Social Psychology and the Unconscious: The Automaticity of Higher Processes,”
- “Situation of Consumption,”
- “The Color of Sex Appeal,”
- “The Primitive Appeal of The Color Red,” and
- “The (Unconscious) Situation of our Consciousness – Part I, Part II, Part III, & Part IV.”
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Posted by The Situationist Staff on May 25, 2010
Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong recently posted their article, titled “Do Green Products Make Us Better People?” (forthcoming Psychological Science) on SSRN.
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Consumer choices not only reflect price and quality preferences but also social and moral values as witnessed in the remarkable growth of the global market for organic and environmentally friendly products. Building on recent research on behavioral priming and moral regulation, we find that mere exposure to green products and the purchase of them lead to markedly different behavioral consequences. In line with the halo associated with green consumerism, people act more altruistically after mere exposure to green than conventional products. However, people act less altruistically and are more likely to cheat and steal after purchasing green products as opposed to conventional products. Together, the studies show that consumption is more tightly connected to our social and ethical behaviors in directions and domains other than previously thought.
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You can download the article for free here. For a sample of related Situationist posts, see “Denial,”The Situational Effects of Hand-Washing,” “Unclean Hands,” “Bargh and Baumeister and the Free Will Debate — Part I & Part II” “Social Psychology and the Unconscious: The Automaticity of Higher Processes,” “Situation of Consumption,” “The Color of Sex Appeal,” “The Primitive Appeal of The Color Red,” and “The (Unconscious) Situation of our Consciousness – Part I, Part II, Part III, & Part IV.”
Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, Marketing, Morality | Tagged: altruism, cheating, green products, honesty, priming | 1 Comment »
Posted by The Situationist Staff on February 27, 2009
Julie Seaman recently posted her terrific paper, entitled “Hate Speech and Identity Politics: A Situationalist Proposal,” (36 Florida S.U. L. Rev., Vol. 99 (2008)) on SSRN. Here’s the abstract.
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The scholarly debate over hate speech regulation has often been characterized as a clash of absolutes, an irreconcilable conflict between the values of free speech and equality. In this Essay, which focuses on the college and university context, I consider whether the findings of social and cognitive psychology research might have the potential to shift the hate speech debate such that some areas of common ground come into view. Relying on insights from the substantial body of research that demonstrates that individual behavior is strongly influenced (often unconsciously) by situational factors, this Essay proposes that universities can – and should – consider ways in which to structure their social and physical environments so as to minimize harmful, antisocial speech and maximize prosocial, productive speech. Such an approach would avoid the heavy-handed censorship most objectionable to strong free speech advocates, while at the same time recognizing the social constructionist insight that belief and behavior are profoundly influenced by cultural practices, language, and images.
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For another Situationist post on schools and hate speech, see “Dueling Stereotypes and the Law.”
Posted in Abstracts, Education | Tagged: first amendment, higher education, priming, speech | Leave a Comment »