Laurence Alison

Chair in Forensic Psychology, University of Liverpool

Professor Laurence Alison is Director of the Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology at the University of Liverpool. His principal research interests are decision making in critical incidents – and specifically decision inertia and immersive simulation based learning. He leads the CREST project on ‘An Exploratory Study Of Expertise And Inertia In Emergency Service Responses In A Counter-Terrorism Live Exercise‘. This project examines police and emergency service response during a counter terrorism live exercise, with a specific focus on expertise, team decision making, and decision command-level inertia. Data was gathered through interviews and observations during a live exercise carried out by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) in September 2016.

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More from Laurence…

Considerations for Training Development

How to improve decision-making, communication, leadership and interoperability in areas ranging from urban search and rescue and mass decontamination, to hostage negotiation and counter-terrorism....Read More »

Factors that Affect Command Decision-Making

The ability to make critical decisions under pressure is vital for reducing risk to public safety. This guide highlights the factors that affect decision-making...Read More »

Persuasion and Influence or Genuine Connection and Rapport

What kind of influence tactic is applicable? That depends on the context of the interaction. Emily and Laurence Alison explain. Perhaps the most frequent...Read More »

Communicating with casualties in emergencies

When your life is at risk, your body goes into ‘survival mode’ to stay alive. Or does it? Both survivor testimonies and research reveal...Read More »

Masterclass in eliciting intelligence information

CREST Researchers delivered a masterclass on intelligence interviewing to over fifty practitioners from European government, police and military organisations. The day covered new techniques...Read More »

Building good rapport in interviews

How to be friendly and interview people, using the ORBIT technique. Most of us find it easier to talk to and cooperate with people...Read More »

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