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Author (up) Thomas Huggins; Stephen Hill; Robin Peace; David Johnston
Title Extending Ecological Rationality: Catching the High Balls of Disaster Management Type Conference Article
Year 2018 Publication Proceedings of ISCRAM Asia Pacific 2018: Innovating for Resilience – 1st International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Asia Pacific. Abbreviated Journal Iscram Ap 2018
Volume Issue Pages 295-309
Keywords decision-making, complexity, macrocognition, computational media, ecological rationality
Abstract The contemporary world is characterized by several large-scale hazards to human societies and the environments we live in, including the impacts of climate change. This paper outlines theories concerning cognitive psychology and complexity dynamics that help explain the challenges of responding to these hazards and the complex systems which create them. These theories are illustrated with a baseball metaphor, to highlight the need for decision-making strategies which do not rely on comprehensive information where comprehensive information is not available. The importance of tools which can support more efficient uses of limited information is also outlined, as is the way that these tools help combine the computational resources and acquired experience of several minds. Existing research has been used to investigate many of the concepts outlined. However, further research is required to coalesce cognitive theories with complexity theories and the analysis of group-level interactions, towards improving important disaster management decisions.
Address Joint Centre for Disaster Research / Massey University; Massey University; Massey University; Joint Centre for Disaster Research / Massey University
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Publisher Massey Univeristy Place of Publication Albany, Auckland, New Zealand Editor Kristin Stock; Deborah Bunker
Language English Summary Language English Original Title
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Series Volume Series Issue Edition
ISSN ISBN 978-0-473-45447-0 Medium
Track Human centred design for collaborative systems supporting 4Rs (Reduction, Readiness, Response and Recovery) Expedition Conference ISCRAM Asia Pacific 2018: Innovating for Resilience - 1st International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Asia Pacific
Notes t.j.huggins@massey.ac.nz Approved no
Call Number Serial 1656
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