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The "Little Things" That Go On During A Mediation

by Jeff Thompson
January 2014

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I love reading science research and articles on Sundays to try and expand my knowledge. Plus, it gives me new words to look up on my iPhone's Dictionary.com app as there are often words I don't know their meaning included in the research articles. This also allows me the opportunity to connect the research with my conflict resolution practice and reflect on its impact within our field.

One great site to visit is the PsyBlog- it is a great resource to visit frequently to get great insight into the latest science research.

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Have a look at the following and come to your own conclusions.

A new study shows how much visual input the brain processes, but we never consciously see.

Fascinating new research, published in the journalPsychological Science,addresses this question.

Sanguinetti et al. (2013) had participants looking at the silhouettes of objects in the centre of a screen, while there were other shapes around the outside.

It’s like the everyday situation where you are concentrating on something, but there are all kinds of other objects and shapes in your peripheral vision.

By monitoring their brainwaves, the researchers were able to determine whether participants were processing these peripheral objects.

People don’t usually take much notice of what’s going on in their peripheral vision because they are concentrating on what they are looking at.

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Of course this ties nicely into my current research on nonverbal communication and mediation. Consider the impact of all the "little things" going on during a mediation that people do not necessary "see" but nonetheless impacts peoples emotions, motivations, actions, and words. Also, do not forget, as the guide trying to assist people that are involved in the dispute or conflict, what impact does this have on you?

Biography


Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., is a professor at Lipscomb University, researcher, mediator, and trainer. He is also involved in crisis and hostage negotiation as well as a law enforcement detective. His research includes law enforcement crisis and hostage negotiation in terrorist incidents. He received his doctorate from Griffith University Law School having researched the impact nonverbal communication has in conflict situations with respect to developing rapport, building trust, and displaying professionalism.

Dr. Thompson has presented and trained on the topic of conflict, mediation, (crisis and hostage) negotiation, communication and nonverbal communication internationally for a variety of audiences including police personnel, government officials, judges, attorneys, physicians, sales people, business professionals, and both graduate and undergraduate students. He has also been published in numerous professional and academic publications.

He is the co-chair of ACR's national Crisis Negotiation Section, and he is an ad-hoc reviewer for multiple academic journals. He received his MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Werner Institute, Creighton University School of Law.

(All posts by Jeff Thompson represent his personal reflections and opinions and not that of any organization.)



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