Crisis Management

Our research applies neuroscientific insights to decision-making in international confrontations, in ways practically applicable to policy.

Our research seeks to explore the neural bases of decision-making in crisis situations, examine the extent of cultural commonalities in crisis decision-making, and test findings with cross-cultural experimental work, focusing in particular on US-China escalation scenarios. Key themes include the neural phenomenon of "prediction error" that provides a tool to increase or decrease the impact of our actions; and social motivations that can limit deterrence and cause escalation and de-escalation.


Shadows of Violence: Empirical Assessments of Threats, Coercion and Gray Zones (2016-2017)

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Policy reports

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If you are interested in Crisis Management resources or want to get involved with our working group, please contact: 

Professor Nicholas Wheeler: (PA: Tina Aston

Crisis Management is part of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS).

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