Human Behaviour Under Stress 1


A range of factors influence decision making with respect to bushfire risk. This project has three key areas of investigation:

  1. The community level influences on individual behaviours with respect to bushfire readiness and decision making in the face of immediate threat
  2. Information processing under threat: how do individuals respond to different sorts of information
  3. How can individuals manage their own thinking to respond most appropriately to an immediate threat in an effective manner?

Projects in this group

Bushfires are a constant threat during some part of the year in many parts of rural Australia. When fires occur, those who confront them often have no previous experience of bushfires or are ill prepared to undertake actions which would mitigate risk to life and property. Large differences in community...

When presented with a threat, the individual has two competing tasks. One is the management of the threat itself perhaps through taking some form of action, referred to as danger control.  The second task is the management of the emotional response to the threat, referred to as fear control.  Fear is a...

Individuals differ systematically in terms of their habitual attentional responses to threat cues. Some individuals display a pervasive tendency to attentionally avoid all threat cues and hence can find themselves underprepared when the time comes for decision making and action. Conversely, other individuals...