BBC.COM: How to make the right decisions under pressure

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Release date: 17/4/2020

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“In stressful situations people often behave as if they’re under time pressure, even when they’re not,” says Professor Emma Barrett of The University of Manchester, who specialises in the psychology of extreme environments. Her collaborator Dr Nathan Smith agrees: “We’ve interviewed people who are experienced at coping in all sorts of extreme environments and asked them how they make decisions when a military operation goes wrong or there’s an avalanche at high altitude. Nearly all of them said that often you’ve got more time than you think – time to take a step back and just reflect for a few moments, so that your emotions aren’t driving the decision.”

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TitleHow to make the right decisions under pressure
Media name/outletBBC.com
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date17/04/20
Description“In stressful situations people often behave as if they’re under time pressure, even when they’re not,” says Professor Emma Barrett of The University of Manchester, who specialises in the psychology of extreme environments. Her collaborator Dr Nathan Smith agrees: “We’ve interviewed people who are experienced at coping in all sorts of extreme environments and asked them how they make decisions when a military operation goes wrong or there’s an avalanche at high altitude. Nearly all of them said that often you’ve got more time than you think – time to take a step back and just reflect for a few moments, so that your emotions aren’t driving the decision.”
URLhttps://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200416-how-to-make-the-right-decisions-under-pressure
PersonsEmma Barrett, Nathan Smith