8 06, 2018

Emotional Triggers

By | 2018-05-17T11:04:19+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

My office is in downtown Los Angeles.  I usually start my mediations at 10:00 a.m. For a reason: so that the parties do not have to fight rush hour traffic to be on time (even though rush hour seems to be never ending). I have found that if people walk into a mediation angry and [...]

1 06, 2018

“Trusting” the Expert

By | 2018-05-17T11:03:47+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Research|0 Comments

In its Smarter Living section on April 29, 2018, the New York Times posted an interesting article about how our unconscious biases can play tricks on us when it comes to experts. In an article entitled  How Your Brain Can Trick You Into Trusting People, Tim Herrera discusses the shortcuts our brains take in everyday life [...]

6 04, 2018

Different Ways of Seeing The Same Thing!

By | 2018-03-23T15:18:45+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

What do you see? In a March 13, 2018 post, contributor Jasmin Malik Chua published an article on the value of optical illusions. Entitled “What This Optical Illusion Reveals About the Human Brain”, Ms. Chua replicates a 19th century optical illusion which can be either a rabbit or a duck, but not both at [...]

30 03, 2018

Beware of Tweets

By | 2018-03-16T16:13:35+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

Once again, I return to the subject of “fake news”; this time because of a recent study just published in Science on March 8, 2108.  The study- conducted by 3 MIT scholars- Soroush Vosough, Deb Roy and Sinan Aral – found that “… false news spreads more rapidly on the social network Twitter than real [...]

23 03, 2018

Happiness Up To A Point!

By | 2018-03-09T13:18:54+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Research|0 Comments

Lawsuits are often about money. And the plaintiff often thinks that if she wins and gets all this money- she will be quite happy. And conversely, a defendant thinks that if she wins, she will save a whole lot of money which will make her happy! Well… as one might suspect, these aspirations are not [...]

16 02, 2018

You Look Like Someone I Can Trust!

By | 2018-02-05T13:19:02+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

When our mother was alive, she used to tell the story that about six weeks after my eldest sister was born, my mother boarded a crowded war time train with my sister in her arms to meet my father then stationed in Nebraska in the Army.  Suddenly realizing she had left the diaper bag with [...]

9 02, 2018

Who Is in Authority?

By | 2018-01-26T11:17:03+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

I have had a series of mediations in which I have wondered who was actually in authority? The attorney or the client? As we have all learned somewhere along the line, when it comes to attorneys representing clients, it is the client’s case, not the attorney’s, and so it should be the client making the [...]

2 02, 2018

I Like You!

By | 2018-01-24T15:57:55+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Research|0 Comments

Lawsuits are products. I know this sounds strange particularly to lawyers who after four years of college, three years of law school and then one or more bar examinations, do not want to consider themselves mere sales people (like the used car sales person?) but that is what we are: sales people. We are selling/ [...]