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Judgment and decision making under stress: an overview for emergency managers.
Kowalski-Trakofler-KM; Vaught-C; Scharf-T
Int J Emerg Manag 2003 Jan; 1(3):278-289
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 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.
Stress; Decision-making; Mining-industry; Mine-disasters; Underground-mining; Emergency-response; Author Keywords: stress; judgment; decision making; emergency management; mining
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Issue of Publication
International Journal of Emergency Management
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division