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Can the mental processes of representation and decision-making in a major risk situation be modified

Objective

The objectives are: theoretical modelling of activities, events, communications in a crisis situation and comparison with mental patterns of decision makers; cross cultural comparison within European countries; specification, designing and testing of pedagogic tools, methods, simulation cases and expert system prototypes; and specification of recommendations in emergency management.

The potential for accidents of an international scope makes it urgent to engage in some prospective thinking that will help change today's prevalent crisis handling concepts. The purpose of the proposed study is to understand the thought patterns of the actors designate in a crisis, and to compare their modes of mental representation with patterns stemming from a systemic study of the handling of past crises on the European level (France, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy).

There are 7 main work programmes:
collection of crisis data and preselection of tools and methods;
systematic modelling and sociological analysis case studies;
synthesis and comparison at national and European level (cross culture comparison);
specification, design and test of pedagogic tools and methods, training programme, simulation exercise;
recommendations on a guide for decision makers in emergency situations;
and expert system prototyping software tool, implementation and validation.
7) Synthesis of pedagological experiences at noational and European level.

Coordinator

Socotec Environnement
Address
4 Boulevard Eugène Déruelle
69427 Lyon
France

Participants (8)

Association Aide Médicale Urgente 76 B
France
Address

76083 Le Havre
Birkbeck College
United Kingdom
Address
Malet Street
WC1E 7HX London
Four Elements Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
25 Victoria Street
SW1H 0EX London
Gamma Risk Management
France
Address
3 Place Du Valois
75001 Paris
Istituto di Sociologia Internazionaledi Gorizia
Italy
Address
Via Mazzini 13
34170 Gorizia
Itsemap Fuego SA
Spain
Address

28034 Madrid
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Campus De Somosaguas, Edificio Lateral Ii
28223 Pozuelo De Alarcon
École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
France
Address
45 Rue Des Saints Pères
75270 Paris