Dr Nicola Power



I am a lecturer in Psychology and Security. My past research has explored high stakes decision making in the context of multi-agency emergency responding. Specifically, I am interested in the concept of ‘decision inertia’: the psychological phenomenon whereby individuals fail to commit to a choice due to redundant deliberation. More broadly, I am interested in ‘real-world’ decision making; combining both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore decision making in naturalistic environments. I have also worked on projects investigating police decision making and forensic psychology.

Extreme Teams: Towards a Greater Understanding of Multi-Agency Teamwork During Major Emergencies and Disasters
Power, N. 18/10/2017 In: American Psychologist.
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Redundant deliberation about negative consequences: decision inertia in emergency responders
Power, N., Alison, L. 05/2017 In: Psychology, Public Policy and Law. 23, 2, p. 243-258. 16 p.
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Mapping our underlying cognitions and emotions about good environmental behaviour: why we fail to act despite our best intentions
Power, N., Beattie, G., McGuire, L. 03/2017 In: Semiotica. 2017, 215, p. 193-234. 42 p.
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Offence or defence?: approach and avoid goals in the multi-agency emergency response to a simulated terrorism attack
Power, N., Alison, L. 03/2017 In: Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 90, 1, p. 51-76. 26 p.
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Critical Care Decision Making: A pilot study to explore and compare the decision making processes used by critical care and non-critical care doctors when referring patients for admission
Power, N. 2017

Fear of crime on the rail networks: perceptions of the UK public and British Transport Police
Power, N., McManus, M., Lynch, R., Bonworth, J. 05/2016 In: Crime Prevention and Community Safety. 18, 2, p. 91-104. 14 p.
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A taxonomy of endogenous and exogenous uncertainty in high-risk high-impact contexts
Alison, L., Power, N., van den Heuvel, C., Waring, S. 07/2015 In: Journal of Applied Psychology. 100, 4, p. 1309-1318. 10 p.
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Decision inertia: deciding between least worst outcomes in emergency responses to disasters
Alison, L., Power, N., van den Heuvel, C., Humann, M., Palasinski, M., Crego, J. 06/2015 In: Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 88, 2, p. 295-321. 27 p.
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Unmanned weapons systems and just wars: the psychological dimensions
Power, N., Alison, L., Ralph, J. 18/08/2014 In: Precision strike warfare and international intervention. London : Routledge p. 188-205. 18 p. ISBN: 9780415730204.

A systematic review of the potential hurdles to interoperability to the emergency services in major incidents: recommendations for solutions and alternatives
House, A., Power, N., Alison, L. 08/2014 In: Cognition, Technology and Work. 16, 3, p. 319-335. 17 p.
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Coping with uncertainty: police strategies for resilient decision making and action implementation
van den Heuvel, C., Alison, L., Power, N. 02/2014 In: Cognition, Technology and Work. 16, 1, p. 25-45. 21 p.
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Immersive Simulated Learning Environments (ISLEs) for researching critical incidents: a knowledge synthesis of the literature and experiences of studying high risk strategic and tactical decision making
Alison, L., van den Heuvel, C., Waring, S., Power, N., Long, A., O'Hara, T., Crego, J. 09/2013 In: Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. 7, 3, p. 255-272. 18 p.
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The effects of subjective time pressure and individual differences on hypotheses generation and action prioritization in police investigations
Alison, L., Doran, B., Long, M.L., Power, N., Humphrey, A. 03/2013 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. 19, 1, p. 83-93. 11 p.
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When do we believe in experts?: the power of the unorthodox view
Alison, L., Almond, L., Christiansen, P., Waring, S., Power, N., Villejoubert, G. 11/2012 In: Behavioral Sciences and the Law. 30, 6, p. 729-748. 20 p.
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Drivers of public trust and confidence in police in the UK
Merry, S., Power, N., McManus, M., Alison, L. 06/2012 In: International Journal of Police Science and Management. 14, 2, p. 118-135. 18 p.
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