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Human Factors in Hazardous SituationsProceedings of a Royal Society Discussion Meeting held on 28 and 29 June 1989$
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D. E. Broadbent, J. Reason, and A. Baddeley

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521914.001.0001

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The logic of failure

The logic of failure

(p.15) The logic of failure
Human Factors in Hazardous Situations

D. Dörner

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Unlike other living creatures, humans can adapt to uncertainty. They can form hypotheses about situations marked by uncertainty and can anticipate their actions by planning. They can expect the unexpected and take precautions against it. In numerous experiments, the manner in which humans deal with these demands has been investigated. In these experiments, computer simulated scenarios are used representing, for example, a small town, or ecological or economic systems or political systems such as a Third World country. Within these computer-simulated scenarios, the subjects had to look for information, plan actions, form hypotheses, etc.

Keywords:   human adaptation, computer simulation, hypotheses, political systems, planning, actions, hypotheses

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