OBS: Matthew Stephensen has unfortunately been unable to attend. Audun Hetland will present this topic in his place.
Our research shows that the feelings a skier has about the slope, descent line or tour can profoundly influence the judgement of avalanche safety. Furthermore, confidence in those judgements is determined by factors beyond the quality and accuracy of the available information. These findings have direct implications for how we teach and develop tools for decision making in avalanche terrain.
Matthew Stephensen is a PhD candidate at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, where he does research on judgement and decision making. Torsten Martiny-Huenger is an Associate Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, where he does research in expedrimental psychology, behavioural science, and social psychology. Matthew and Torsten are researchers at the Center for Avalanche Research and Education (CARE)