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Complications Arise

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” –Hippocrates   Food, and our relationship to it, has become a complex subject. A growing body of medical literature seeks to understand the science of nutrition, including eating disorders. Conventional wisdom has at times been shown to be incomplete and, quite often, simply incorrect. One […]

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Neuroprediction and the Risk of Future Injury

There’s an emerging science known as “Neuroprediction” which uses data derived from brain-imaging studies to predict future outcomes and behavior. The idea is that certain findings on brain scans correlate with certain behavioral or neurologic outcomes. For example, a recent article establishes a link between amygdala hyper-activation and those who later will develop depression. “This […]

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On Paralanguage and Metamessage

Lawyers have to persuade but before they can they have to communicate; that is, they have to teach. Effective lawyering is not typically expressed as a form of teaching, but, in many respects, it is: the best lawyers can in some sense be looked at as simply the most effective teachers. They make the complex […]

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On the Art of Small, Incremental Improvement

Simple tasks would at first glance seem to be resistant to dramatic improvement. They are routine, relatively uncomplicated, and the end result does not appear to be readily susceptible to noticeable change. After all, in how many different ways can a basic task be accomplished? Small libraries have actually been written about this: everything from […]

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The Invisible Primacy of Privacy

Does the right to privacy explain many, perhaps most, constitutional guarantees? Is the First Amendment nothing more than a privacy right to freely express ideas? Is the Second Amendment nothing more than a privacy right to keep and bear arms? Is the Equal Protection Clause nothing more than a privacy right not to be subjected […]

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Restorative Retelling as Grief Therapy

There are many techniques therapists and counselors use––from psychoanalysis to cognitive behavioral therapy––to assist those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. One such technique is known as Restorative Retelling. “Restorative retelling (RR; Rynearson, 1998, 2001; Rynearson & Correa, 2008) is a structured, 10-session intervention for adult survivors of violent deaths. The treatment mode underlying the […]

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Rethinking Motorcycle Safety

It’s that time of year. The leaves on the trees are starting to come back, the flowers arrive fashionably late, and, yes, motorcycles and their riders are again seen along the crowded streets and highways. Time to once again begin keeping a close lookout––and to ask: Are motorcycles unavoidably unsafe? Do they carry inherent risks […]

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Creativity and the Taking of Risks

As the years pass, do we tend to become more risk averse? Do we seek out the sure thing, preferring to avoid the doubtful and uncertain, the unusual or unsettled? Many come to view risk taking as something to be avoided, an unnecessary threat or hazard––after all, why take the chance? As the years pass, […]

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Witness Questioning and the Framing Effect

How questions are phrased makes all the difference. The specific words used, the tone and undertone of the question, the subject matter emphasized––depending on how a question has been phrased, one can pretty much predict the answer. Psychologists have long understood this concept, referring to it as “the framing effect:” “The framing effect provides another […]

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Mind-blindness and the Empathetic Response

Tapping into the empathy of others can at times seem elusive. We’ve all seen instances where one would expect empathy to arise spontaneously––for example, in response to another’s injury––but just the opposite occurs. Instead of empathy there’s a distinct closing off of emotion, a hardening and desensitization. Why? What is it that shuts down the […]

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