25 11, 2016

The Slippery Slope

By |2017-05-13T07:41:25-07:00November 25th, 2016|News articles|1 Comment

At one point or another in our lives, most of us have told “little white lies” if only to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. In telling that “little white lie”, we tell ourselves it is harmless and it will lead to nothing, and definitely, will NOT lead us to tell “bigger white lies”. However, as explained [...]

11 11, 2015

Phyllis Pollack is Featured in ABA Journal Article

By |2017-05-13T07:44:10-07:00November 11th, 2015|Featured Articles, Mediation, Mediations|0 Comments

Mediators find more tools through neuroscience By Susan Kostal - ABA Journal Phyllis Pollack. Photograph by Jonah Light Mediators and other practitioners of alternative dispute resolution are using information gleaned from the research of world-class neuroscientists to calm emotions and help mediations resolve more easily. With the advent of functional magnetic resonance imaging [...]

14 08, 2015

Emotions in Mediation

By |2017-05-13T07:44:58-07:00August 14th, 2015|Featured Articles, Mediation, Negotiation Strategy, Research|0 Comments

The August  2015 edition of the California Lawyer contains an article entitled Feelings in the Fray for which I was interviewed. In it, the author Susan Kostel discusses how emotions very much play a critical rule in negotiations and in resolving disputes.  Understanding a bit of neuroscience goes a long way to helping parties resolve their disputes (as several of [...]

21 02, 2014

The Subtleties of Memory

By |2017-05-13T07:29:04-07:00February 21st, 2014|Research|Comments Off on The Subtleties of Memory

All disputes are premised on what occurred in the past with the view of resolving them by looking forward. We are often told not to "dwell on the past" but to "look forward" in trying to figure out how to resolve the issues.Thus, all disputes involve our memories. And... as much as we would like [...]

7 09, 2012

Neuroscience in Real Life

By |2017-05-13T07:34:15-07:00September 7th, 2012|Odd stuff|Comments Off on Neuroscience in Real Life

In early August, my mother turned 97 years old. Unfortunately, this wonderful event was accompanied by a sad one; my siblings and I moved our mother from an assisted living facility to a dementia unit. Recently, I attended a mediator training session put on by the U.S. District Court - Central District of California. Two [...]