This week's podcast focuses on recent initiatives exploring the science of decision making and conflict resolution. Pittsburgh attorney-neutral and CPR website Master Mediator columnist Robert A. Creo returns to IDN to discuss the Master Mediator Institute, which he co-founded in 2008. The Institute focuses on the art and science of mediation, negotiation and facilitated decision making. Also joining IDN host Michael McIlwrath is MMI Director and co-founder Monique McKay, who points out that MMI is creating a community of mediators, counsel, executives and scientists to help people integrate negotiating decisions - that is, combine the rational basis of bargaining strategies and choices with the pull of the underlying emotional component, individual values and other subjective factors which are often unacknowledged or even ignored in business settings. First of two parts.