Mediation, 1st Impressions & Thin Slices

If first impressions are so important in a variety of interactions and professions, what role could it play in mediation sessions? 


These first impressions are based on, and often are accurate yet done subconsciously, nonverbal communication cues and elements.  Consider:
Did you shake hands of both of the parties when you first met them? 
Did you smile? 
How were you dressed?
How did you arrange the room? 
Was your seat closer to one party?

These are just a few questions to ask yourself how the mediation session begins ever before it 'begins'.  I think these nonverbal communication cues and elements, specifically during the initial encounter of the parties are critical to the rest of the session.  How important do I think this is?  I am doing my PhD research on it!  (see a three minute video and/or Prezi on my research HERE).

Interested in reading more about first impressions and thin slice methodology?

I invite you to read my latest article at PsychologyToday.com [HERE].  Below is a snippet:


Thin slice methodology is an important term to understand when it comes to wanting to be effective communicators, especially with nonverbal cues and elements.  Firstly, let me be clear that the term 'thin slice' has nothing to do with the width of a slice of pizza!
No- NOT this type of 'slice'!
What thin slice methodology does refer to is observing a small selection of an interaction, usually less than 5 minutes, and being able to accurately draw to conclusions in the emotions and attitudes of the people interacting.  These observations are,  often surprisingly to many people, very accurate compared to self-ratings and ratings based on the entire interaction.  This holds true even when based on observing only a few seconds of the interaction with the first moments of the interaction being the most relevant (Ambady et al, 2000).  5 second clips have been reported to be just as accurate as 5 minutes clips (Ambady & Rosenthal, 1993).

Read the rest [HERE].

Views: 22

Tags: Jeff, PCDN, Thompson, body, communication, language, mediation, methodology, nonverbal, slice, More…thin

Comment

You need to be a member of Peace and Collaborative Development Network to add comments!

Join Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Sponsored Link

Please Pay What You Can to Support PCDN

Please consider Paying What You Can to help PCDN grow. We encourage you to consider any amount from $1 and up. Read the SUPPORT page prior to making a payment to see PCDN's impact and how your payment will help.

Sponsored Link

Translate This Page



PCDN NETWORK TWITTER FEED

PCDN Guidelines and Share Pages

By using this site you're agreeing to the terms of use as outlined in the community guidelines (in particular PCDN is an open network indexed by Google and users should review the privacy options). Please note individual requests for funding or jobs are NOT permitted on the network.

Click BELOW to share site resources Bookmark and Share
or Share on LINKEDIN


FOLLOW PCDN on TWITTER, FACEBOOK or GOOGLE+

Google+

 

Latest Activity

Tim Magee updated an event
Thumbnail

Climate Smart Agriculture Online Learning Course at Global - Online Venue

May 6, 2014 to June 30, 2014
3 minutes ago
Tim Magee updated an event
Thumbnail

Integrating DRR, Community-Based Adaptation & Development—Online Courses at Worldwide - Online Venue

May 6, 2014 to June 30, 2014
4 minutes ago
Tim Magee updated an event
Thumbnail

Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change—Online Courses at Worldwide - Online Venue

May 6, 2014 to June 30, 2014
4 minutes ago
Jeanne Paradis posted an event

InterAction’s Forum 2014 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center

June 10, 2014 at 5:30pm to June 13, 2014 at 3:15pm
45 minutes ago
Profile IconJeanne Paradis, Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon, Rob Sancton and 10 more joined Peace and Collaborative Development Network
54 minutes ago
fanny tittel liked Jennifer Lentfer's blog post How much does the US government spend on global development? (And 4 other things you might not know)
1 hour ago
Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon posted a discussion
1 hour ago
Gladys Tiffany liked Dr. Samuel Mahaffy's blog post Peacemaking through Relational Presence
2 hours ago

© 2014   Created by Craig Zelizer.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service