Understanding Naturalistic Decision Making Under Life Threatening Conditions
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February 10, 2009
The 9th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making, pp. 121-128, Swindon, U.K.: The British Computer Society
Motivation – Understand decision making of mission critical personnel (e.g., police, firefighters, warriors, etc.) when life and limb are threatened. Research approach – Consilience (Wilson, 1999) was used to synthesize predator-prey dynamics, emotion-primed NDM and intuitive cognition to understand decision making under threat. Findings – Advances in ethology, cognitive and neurosciences do provide a means to understand the mechanisms that modulate decision making under threat. Research limitations/Implications – The paper presents an ad hoc theoretical model, with partial empirical support, on the predilections and frailties of NDM under threat. Further research is necessary to validate this approach. Originality/Value – Current research in NDM has not satisfactorily addressed the cognitive mechanisms driving decision making under threat. This paper attempts to close that gap. Take away message – A formal approach to study NDM under life threatening conditions has been proposed. This can be used to inform the design of systems and training programs for mission critical personnel.
Keywords: Naturalistic Decision Making Under Threat, Predator-Prey Dynamics, Emotion, Intuition
JEL Classification: C73Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 12, 2011 ; Last revised: February 17, 2011
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