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CRACKLE staff publish ground-breaking paper on Situation Awareness and Human Decision-making!

Dr. Graham Edgar, Dr. Steven Baker and Prof. Di Catherwood with staff from the Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge Learning and Emotion (CRACKLE) and the Netherlands national Fire Training HQ (IFV Brandweeracademie) have published a ground-breaking computational model about S.A. (Situation Awareness) in the highly-respected journal Ergonomics. The model significantly advances theory and understanding about human decision-making in real-world contexts and has been rigorously tested by the team in their research with fire-service, aerospace, medical and military personnel, most recently in the Erasmus-funded FireMind project. The model details how multiple factors including “bias” and false perception of a situation can affect choices. The model and the associated computation are readily applicable to a wide range of human decision-making contexts and will provide the basis for ongoing research by the CRACKLE team in this field.


Firemind Conference 2016

The first Firemind conference took place at the University of Gloucestershire Park Campus in April 2016 and ran for five consecutive days. In attendance were:


  • DIANNE CATHERWOOD, GRAHAM EDGAR, STEVE BAKER and DAVID BROOKES from CRACKLE (Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning & Emotion)
  • GEOFF SALLIS from the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service


  • GRZEGORZ WENARSKI,  KAROLINA STEGIENKO and  SYLWIA  KRAWCZYNSKA from CNBOP-PIB (Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection National Research Institute)




  • MICHAEL BERTELS and FRED VORENKAMP from Brandweeracademie/Fire Service Academy (Institute for Fysical Safety)


  • VICKY MAES; GUNTER VAN CRAYBEX from Provincial Centre for Education & Training: Fire and Rescue Training Centre



The Firemind Project: CRACKLE and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Colleagues Conduct Another Successful Research Exercise With EU Firemind Partners

Conducting trials of FireMind in Belgium

Geoff Sallis and Dr. Graham Edgar with FireMind colleagues conducting trials of FireMind in Belgium

Fire Training Academy, Arnhem, Netherlands

Professor Di Catherwood with FireMind colleagues conducting trials of FireMind at The Fire Training Academy, Arnhem, Netherlands

University/CRACKLE members Dr Graham Edgar and Professor Di Catherwood with Geoff Sallis (Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service) have returned from more successful trials for the Erasmus-funded FireMind project with their Fire and Rescue partners in Belgium and Netherlands, after completing similar exercises last month in Denmark and Poland. The project is well on-track to develop an innovative online self-training portal (the FireMind) to enhance the decision-making of Fire and Rescue personnel and involves major Fire and Rescue training facilities in Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Poland as well as Gloucestershire: see


Human Resilience Symposium 2015

Dr Kerry Rees and Dr Claire Cooke were invited to present a talk in a symposium at Bristol University, which explored the concept and psychology of human resilience. Their talk entitled “Resilience, self-regulation and goal pursuit: What is resilience for?” explored the conceptual confusion associated with resilience and why humans possess resilience.