canstockphoto16180022 downloaded 3 January 2015People who know my dad say I look like my dad. People who know my mom say I look like my mom.

How can that be?

It’s because they are looking at me from the reference point of what they know. They either know my dad or my mom and see those features in me.

What does that have to do with research?

We tend to see what we see because of our own experience, our frame of reference.

We need to see is what’s really there. We don’t want our interpretation of what we see colored by our perception.

So, how do we change it?

  • Clear your head of preconceived ideas of what the record might reveal.
  • Look at it again with fresh eyes.
  • Ask yourself, “Are there some circumstances that may color my thinking?”
  • Examine it again.
  • And again.
  • And again.

Is what you see now different from the first time you saw it?