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Judgment and decision-making under stress: an overview for emergency managers.

Authors
Kowalski-KM; Vaught-C
Source
TIEMS, June 18-22, 2001, Oslo, Norway. Oslo, Norway: The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), 2001 Jun; :CD-ROM
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20021358
Abstract
This paper discusses human judgment and decision-making under stress. The authors review selected recent literature across various disciplines and suggest a definition of stress within the context of decision-making during the management of emergencies. They also discuss fieldwork by the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, NIOSH, which explores traumatic incident stress, the relationship between previous training and performance under stressful conditions, and human behavior in underground mine fires. The authors assert that stress is one of the factors that decision-makers must contend with in most life-or-death situations. They suggest that a better understanding of individual's judgment and decision-making activities while under stress would yield a better understanding of how people reach the choices they make in emergencies. This enhanced understanding would be of enormous value to emergency managers, researchers, and policymakers.
Keywords
Training; Decision-making; Emergency-response; Emergency-responders; Mining-industry; Stress; Behavior-patterns; Behavior; Sociological-factors; Psychological-factors; Physiological-factors; Author Keywords: stress; judgment; decision making; emergency management; mining
Contact
NIOSH, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20010619
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
TIEMS, June 18-22, 2001, Oslo, Norway,
State
PA
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