See Ideology as Cognitive and Not Just Political

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: In all facets of persuasion, and human communication for that matter, we are now used to dealing with a pretty polarized world. Addressing or responding to anything having to do with

Witness Testimony as “Conversation with Forethought”

One of the most difficult challenges in preparing a witness for trial or deposition testimony is helping them understand the unique setting that is witness testimony.  It is unlike almost any other communication event. The

Don’t Adapt to ‘Learning Style’

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: It is part of the received wisdom of popular psychology: People have different learning styles. You reach “auditory learners” by explaining it to them verbally, “visual learners” by showing them graphics, “reflective

Looking [in the Netherlands and in Wisconsin] for core characteristics of the psychopath 

The mental image many of us have of psychopaths is similar to the graphic illustrating this post. They are terrifying. “Terrifying” however is pretty vague and we need a more precise vocabulary to discuss what

Battling Confirmation Bias and First Impressions in Litigation

By Thomas M. O’Toole, Ph.D. Confirmation bias refers to when people accept or reject evidence based upon what they want to believe as opposed to basing it on the actual merits of the evidence. In

Storyboards: The Key to Successful Litigation Animations

It seems to me that a good many sophisticated people, including a lot of lawyers, don’t fully understand the role of storyboards in developing an animation. A storyboard has been defined as a graphic organizer

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