Is Now A Good Time to Mediate?

An unknown author on the Harvard Negotiation PON Blog staff posted a blog on April 9, 2020 entitled “How Mood Affects Negotiators” which discusses “What …social psychologists [are] learning about the connections among emotions, negotiators and decision making.” (Id.) The blog post notes that researcher Jennifer S. Lerner of the [Read More]

By |April 24th, 2020|Research, Uncategorized|

Words Matter!

As a mediator, I must be careful with the words I use during a mediation. In fact, I need to be careful with my words all of the time.  I was reminded of this admonition by an article in The New York Times on March 3, 2020 entitled, “How To [Read More]

By |April 10th, 2020|Research|

What, Me Worry?

Being involved in a lawsuit or even just in a dispute can be stressful, worrisome if not anxiety ridden. Believe it or not, being the mediator trying to help the parties resolve their dispute can also be stressful, worrisome, and anxiety producing. The mediator never really knows what is going [Read More]

By |March 20th, 2020|Research|

Left Digit Bias!

Readers of my blog probably realize by now that one of my favorite topics is cognitive biases which “…refer to a range of systematic errors in human decision- making from the tendency to use mental shortcuts. “( “How Common Mental Shortcuts Can Cause Major Physician Errors” by Anupam B. Jena [Read More]

By |March 13th, 2020|Research|

Happiness

As one might suspect, mediations are more likely to end in settlement when the participants are in a good mood or are happy.   Parties in bad moods make a mediator’s job more difficult; their overall negative outlook on life turns even the best settlement proposals into “bad deals”. So, when [Read More]

By |March 6th, 2020|Research|

Implicit Bias: How We Write!

It seems that implicit biases are all around us and are inescapable: they appear even in the language we use in our writing. A study  (“The sex of researchers affects the language of research papers.” ) discussed in the Science and Technology section of the January 9, 2020 edition of [Read More]

By |February 28th, 2020|Research|

In Negotiations, Are Women More Ethical Than Men?

The Harvard PONS blog posted (on February 10, 2020) a thought- provoking article by Katie Shonk entitled “Moral Leadership: Do Women Negotiate More Ethically than Men?” The answer is that generally, “yes”, “…women are generally less accepting of unethical behavior than men are and tend to behave more ethically than [Read More]

By |February 21st, 2020|Research|