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Things Are Not What They Seem: Perception, Memory, Narrative, and Naïve Realism in Collaborative Practice
April 20, 2017
Naïve realism is the belief we all tend to carry that although others make mistakes, mis-perceive reality, and mis-remember facts, we ourselves know what we saw, know what we heard, and know what’s true and what isn’t. Lawyers seem particularly wedded to these naïve realism beliefs about perception and memory. But solid research (some of it highly amusing) has shown that we in fact live in a world of neural realism, in which our sensory perceptions and memories are highly unreliable and easily manipulated. The implications for legal dispute resolution are significant. We watch amazing video clips, do challenging exercises, and consider what we need to change about how we approach negotiations, based on this new understanding of how our brains actually work