Human Behaviour Under Stress 1

Introduction

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

This research identified the community characteristics that are important to property owners' perceptions of risk and their ability to control or influence a desired outcome.

The research focused on how these community characteristics related to structure (e.g. physical location, rural/tree change/rural/...

A person facing a threat has two competing tasks: To manage the threat itself, perhaps by acting. And to manage the emotional response to the threat, referred to as fear control. The relationship between heightened psychological stimulation and decision-making quality is not direct and nor is it directly linked to...

The way people feel and think will influence the way they act when faced with a threat such as the possibility of a bushfire in their area. This project investigated the relationship between anxiety, worry, and cognitive biases in residents of a bushfire prone area.

The project was led by Professor Colin...