Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lie to Me?!

Sometimes I wish I could just attend courses all day. Am I strange to really like CLE and other professional education courses?

Here is a really interesting seminar sponsored by the UC Hastings College of Law Center for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution:

lie to me?! how emotions matter in negotiation

Scheduled for Friday, October 22 from 8.30 AM to 5:00 PM (Pacific Time). This looks very worthwhile. Here is how you can sign up to register for the online version (assuming you aren’t in San Francisco, in which case you should definitely try to attend).

Hastings describes the course this way:

    Featuring renowned scientist Paul Ekman, inspiration for Fox TV’s Lie to Me, and other leading scientists and negotiation experts from law, business, and public service, this live symposium explores several related topics around the hub of emotion and negotiation. Leading scholars will address what we know about the way emotion affects negotiation, how we can better manage emotion, and finally, where does attention and management of emotion take us. Is it a tool for greater cooperation? Ethics? Does it keep us from being duped? Better outcomes for society and for ourselves?

Here are some highlights from the Symposium Schedule:


Dean and Chancellor Frank Wu

From Papua New Guinea to Lie to Me to Compassion and the Dalai Lama:

Paul Ekman, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco Medical School, scientific advisor to Fox TV’s Lie to Me, and author of the book Telling Lies, interviewed by Clark Freshman.

The Science of Emotion and Dispute Resolution: Connections and Perspectives:

Peter Carnevale, Professor, University of Southern California School of Business, will discuss the history of research on emotion and negotiation from years of simulated negotiations—and the newest technology of studying negotiation with computer-generated images.

Michael Wheeler, Harvard Business School Professor, will share his research on psychoanalytic perspectives on negotiation from interviews with people and their images of negotiation.

The Science of Working with Emotion: Mindfulness and Other Types of Meditation:

Shauna Shapiro, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University, and co-author of a recent American Psychology Association book The Art and Science of Mindfulness, will discuss scientific studies of mindfulness meditation.

Erika Rosenberg, Scientific Consultant, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis, and advisor to the Stanford Compassion Project, will discuss research on meditative and contemplative techniques studied in the Shamatha Project, a controlled intervention trial of the cognitive, emotional, and neurophysiological effects of sustained meditation.

Cliff Saron, Associate Research Scientist, University of California, Davis, will discuss other findings of the Shamatha Project, including the effects on the ability to pay attention.

Choices and Consequences of Working with Emotion: Compassion, Lie Detection, and Deal Making:

Charlie Halpern, former Dean of CUNY Law School and author of Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom, will explore using mindfulness to cultivate inner wisdom and foster mindful social activism. (Video on Meditation and the Practice of Law)

Clark Freshman, Professor of Law, Hastings College of the Law, will discuss how emotion and lie detection may lead sometimes to greater compassion, sometimes to better deals, and sometimes to exploitation.

Jason Meek, Adjunct Professor of Law, Hastings College of Law, will discuss how emotion and contemplative practices affect his teaching and work as a lawyer and advisor to businesses.

Madeleine Bernhardt, Adjunct Professor, Berlin School of Economics and Law, will provide an international perspective to how the science of emotion can be applied in courts, arbitrations, and court

Frank Wu, the recently appointed Dean of Hastings is a very distinguished scholar and author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. He was previously Dean of my alma matter, Wayne State University Law School and is a very good guy.

And by the way, has anyone seen Lie to Me yet? I have not. Is it any good?

I guess now that I’ve seen who inspired the series I’ll have to make a point of seeing it. Thank goodness for TiVo.

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