19 10, 2018

Ethical Fading

By |2018-10-09T15:01:51+00:00October 19th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

I came across an article on negotiation ethics that intrigued me because I am co-teaching ADR Ethics at USC Gould School of Law this semester.   Typically, before I discuss the topic of mediation ethics with my students, I delve into the topic of “negotiation ethics” in general. The article, entitled “Negotiation Research Examines Ethics in [...]

28 09, 2018

Mediate Early!

By |2018-09-12T12:32:13+00:00September 28th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

I stumbled upon an article in discussing an empirical study conducted in the Singapore Courts about their use of mediation. The actual article, (How Should the Courts Know Whether a Dispute is Ready and Suitable for Mediation? An Empirical Analysis of the Singapore Courts’ Referral of Civil Disputes to Mediation.) appearing in the Spring [...]

20 07, 2018

Is It Urgent?

By |2018-07-20T10:40:28+00:00July 20th, 2018|Research|1 Comment

To some extent (some of us more so than others), we all procrastinate or put off things. Sometimes, the task is important or urgent, and sometimes it is not. Often, we will do the not so important or not so urgent task first because…?   Our brain tells us to! In a recent New York Times [...]

6 07, 2018

Doing Nothin’!

By |2018-06-26T13:15:29+00:00July 6th, 2018|Research|1 Comment

Slow down, you move too fast You got to make the morning last Just kicking down the cobble stones Looking for fun and feelin' groovy (The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) Simon and Garfunkel (1966)) These lyrics seem more important than ever. A recent article posted on  entitled “In praise of doing nothing” [...]

8 06, 2018

Emotional Triggers

By |2018-05-17T11:04:19+00:00June 8th, 2018|Research|1 Comment

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+00:00June 1st, 2018|Research|1 Comment

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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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 [...]