Episode 32: Extreme decision making

Major events, like a terrorist attack or natural disaster, force the emergency services to make decisions under extreme pressure and often with very little information.

To make matters worse, these scenarios are frequently unique so decision makers do not have experience or protocol to fall back on. Such events make a fascinating focus for research into decision making.

Dr Sara Waring is a lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Liverpool and the research director for the Critical and Major Incident Psychology Research Group. She talks about the challenge of making smart decisions in the most stressful situations imaginable.

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