Under extreme levels of physiological and psychological strain those in extreme conditions must wrestle uncertainty, complexity, time pressure and accountability  to operate within a set of strategic, ethical and legal boundaries. Navigating such environments requires effective and timely decision-making. 

While most theories of decision-making focus on how, in "ideal" conditions, people make the "best" decisions, our work focusses on how in uncertain, stressful situations, people make the "least-worst" decision. 

Led by our bespoke research methodology LUCIFER (the Least-Worst Uncertain Choice inventory for Emergency Responses) our work explores:

  • Personality factors that predict high-stakes "least-worst" decision-making 

  • Group-based differences in high-stakes "least-worst" decision-making 

  • The effect of training on high-stakes "least-worst" decision-making 

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CONFLICT: HOW SOLDIERS MAKE IMPOSSIBLE DECISIONS

Based on cases of decision-making from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we explore the psychology of least-worst decisions 

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PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

Our up-to-date blog site where we comment on common events and share some of our most recent work using the LUCIFER tool. 

MILITATY MAXIMIZERS/POLICE PERFECTIONISTS

Explore  our published research using the LUCIFER tool to identify the role of maximization on high-uncertainty least-worst decision-making

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