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Experience-based decision-making, non-technical skills and general decision-making styles among aviation pilots
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Aviation pilots are trained to base cockpit decisions on strategic and analytic reasoning, while naturalistic decision-making theory suggests that experts in naturalistic settings, like pilots, make decisions based on experience. In the present study, a scenario-based questionnaire was used, to explore the effects of aviation pilots´ non-technical skills and experience-based decision-making in a cockpit decision-making situation. Also, a negative relation between non-technical skills and decisions from experience was predicted. In addition, the relation between general decision-making styles, non-technical skills and experience-based decision-making, was explored. The results indicate that pilots´ non-technical skills can be predicted by a rational general decision-making style. However, the choice of action in a cockpit decision-making situation could not be predicted by high non-technical skills or high experience-based decision-making, and the expected relation failed to appear. The results are discussed in relation to existing theory.

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2010. , 19 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40785OAI: diva2:326376
2010-05-31, Frescati Hagväg 8, Stockholm, 09:00
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2010-06-23 Created: 2010-06-22 Last updated: 2010-06-23Bibliographically approved

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