Operational Psychology Research Group

Decision making in clinical settings

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A number of biasas and tendencies are known to influence human decision-making. Previous research has indicated that these also has detrimental effects on professional decision making in clinical settings. Somatic and in particular mental health decision making may be assumed to be particular vulnerable to such effects, as the problem is often poorly defined, indicators may be ambivalent, and feedback is unreliable. In the current project, a series of experiments examine whether the way psychiatric symptoms are presented to a medical professional influences the diagnostic choice and confidence in diagnosis.


  • Bondevik, Ø.K. & Frotvedt, T. (2018) Biased Thinking in the Face of Uncertainty: Exploring the Process of Diagnostic Decision Making Within the Field of Psychiatry [master thesis].