Human Factors in Decision Making - Ian McCammon ISSW 2002 article
Originally Posted by dp
There was a really great article in Couloir a year or two ago about the heuristics of decision making in the back country. I cannot seem to find it on their website, but it is probably there somewhere- definitely worth reading and has significant bearing on this issue.
Are you referring to this article which talked about familiarity, social proof, commitment and scarcity traps?
"Evidence of heuristic traps in recreational avalanche accidents" by Ian McCammon ISSW 2002 http://www.snowpit.com/articles/traps%20reprint.pdf
* The familiarity trap appeared to be triggered by previous experience with the avalanche slope, and was most likely to affect victims with significant avalanche training.
* The social proof trap was triggered by the presence of other people. Its influence was strongest in groups of three to four and in victims with formal avalanche training.
* The commitment trap was triggered by commitment to a specific goal, and was evident in all groups where there was sufficient data for comparison.
* Finally, the scarcity trap was triggered by a combination of other people nearby and an untracked slope, and was most likely to influence groups of two through four people.