Posted by Bridget on August, 18 2015 in Human Factors

The "expert halo", a term by avalanche experts to explain the trust many skiers and snowboarders have in perceived masters, may contribute to the 30 average avalanche deaths in the United States every year. A group of researchers has identified common "heuristic traps", or errors in decision making that often lead to avalanche fatalities. The expert halo, along with gender-biased risk taking, misperceptions about the safety of groups, and competition have all noted as factors which may contribute to risk.  For the full article see: