Operational Psychology Research Group

Books and book chapters

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Enhancing Human Performance in Security Operations: International and Law Enforcement Perspectives - Paul T. Bartone, Bjørn Helge Johnsen, Jarle Eid, John M. Violanti, &  Jon Christian Laberg (Eds.), 2010

This book brings together international experts on stress, resiliency and performance. These experts draw on the latest research with military and police personnel to provide an integrated perspective on the psychological pressures involved in this type of work, as well as practical recommendations on how to optimize human performance in security operations. The book is divided into three sections. Section I provides basic theoretical perspectives on both social and psychological factors that significantly impact human responses to the high stress demands of security operations. Section II emphasizes scientifically grounded, yet practical, approaches for selecting, training, and preparing personnel to function effectively in security operations. Section III presents a collection of both case studies and special life-threatening scenarios that workers and leaders in security operations may face.



Operativ Psykologi - Jarle Eid & Bjørn Helge Johnsen (Eds.), 2018

“Operativ psykologi” is a Norwegian textbook that presents Norwegian and international research on the importance of human factors in operational situations in which life, health or basic values are threatened. It provides an overview of how psychological phenomena can affect teamwork and problem solving in emergency response teams and organizations that need to solve demanding tasks under time pressure and uncertainty. Operational psychology as a field includes basic psychological theory and methods, selection, training and education, as well as the implementation of operations. Leaders and emergency responders alike are affected by situational and psychological pressures that influence their ability to process information, interact with others, and make decisions in challenging situations.


Operativ Psykologi 2 - Jarle Eid & Bjørn Helge Johnsen (Eds.), 2019 

“Operativ psykologi 2: Anvendte aspekter” is a Norwegian textbook that intends to present several new thematic and applied aspects that supplement and extends the basic book “Operational Psychology”. This new book, like the first one, is aimed at operational environments emergency agencies such as police, fire, rescue, emergence medicine, voluntary organizations, as well as other public and private companies that work under time pressure and uncertainty. We believe the book should interest those who want to understand and gain more knowledge about social security, accidents, critical events and dramatic situations that are often mentioned in the media. In the book you can read more about risk analysis, team training, negotiation techniques, the effect of nutrition and physical capacity, safety climate, survival in extreme environments, terrorism, stress management, destructive management, trust and moral damage. “Operativ psykologi 2: Anvendte aspekter” is organized as an operation wheel where we follow a timeline from recruitment to preparation and training, then over to the implementation of operations and finally return to (operational) service.


Operativ psykologi 3 - Olav K. Olsen, Bjørn Helge Johnsen og Jarle Eid (Eds.), 2022

Personnel care and support aim to present relevant theory and specific advice on how an organization and its employees can best plan and exercise professional care systematically and effectively, following critical events. This is done to reduce the risk of mental health issues and problems, and to increase the chances of personal growth and learning.


Book chapters

Eid, J., & Johnsen, B. H. (2023). Militærpsykologiens bidrag til militær leder- og ledelsesutvikling. In Militær leder- og ledelsesutvikling i teori og praksis (s. 132-153). Universitetsforlaget, Oslo.

Olsen, O.K., Johnsen B.H., & Eid J. (2022, red). Operativ Psykologi 3 – Personellomsorg og ivaretakelse. Fagbokforlaget, Bergen (ISBN 978-82-450-3719-7)   

Thayer J. F., Hansen, A. L., & Johnsen, B. H. (2022). The Assessment of Autonomic Influences on the Heart Using Impedance Cardiography and Heart Rate Variability. S. R. Waldstein et al. (eds.), Handbook of Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine. Springer. Page 911-940. (This is an updated and expanded version of a previous chapter by Thayer J. F., Hansen, A. L., & Johnsen, B. H. (2010). The non-invasive assessment of autonomic influences on the heart using impedance cardiography and heart rate variability. In A. Steptoe (Ed.), Handbook of behavioral medicine: methods and applications. Springer) 

Johnsen, B. H., & Eid, J. (2019, red). Operativ Psykologi 2–Anvendte aspekter. Fagbokforlaget, Bergen (ISBN 9788245025477) 397 s. 

Eid, Jarle; Johnsen, Bjørn Helge. (2018, red.) Operativ psykologi- 3.utgave. Fagbokforlaget, Bergen (ISBN 978-82-450-2521-7) 360 s. 

Bartone, Paul T; Eid, Jarle; Hystad, Sigurd William. (2016). Training hardiness for stress resilience. In: Military psychology: Concepts, trends, and interventions (s. 231-248). SAGE Publications India. 

Hansen, A.L., Grung, B. (2016). Fish consumption and heart rate variability. In S.K. Raatz and D. M. Bibus (eds), Fish and fish Oil in Health and Disease Prevention. Elsevier, page, 231-238. 

Matthews, M. D., Eid, J., Kelly, D., Baily, J.K.S., & Peterson, C. (2012). Character strengths and virtues of developing military leaders: An international comparison. In M.D. Matthews & J. Laurance (Eds.) Military Psychology (pp. 95-105). Sage – London. 

Lygre, R. B., & Eid, J. (2012). Psychological perspectives on terrorism. A review and critique of current psychological research. In M. D. Matthews & J. Lawrence (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology (pp. 63-78). Oxford University Press 

Eid, J., Lescreve, F., & Larsson, G. (2012). International perspectives on military psychology. In M. D. Matthews & J. Lawrence (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology (pp. 114-128). Oxford University Press.   

Lygre, R. B., & Eid, J. (2012). Psychological perspectives on terrorism. A review and critique of current psychological research. In M. D. Matthews & J. Lawrence (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology (pp. 63-78). Oxford University Press.

Eid, J., Lescreve, F., & Larsson, G. (2012). International perspectives on military psychology. In M. D. Matthews & J. Lawrence (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology (pp. 114-128). Oxford University Press.

P. T. Bartone, B. H. Johnsen, J. Eid, J. Violanti, & J. C. Laberg. (Eds). 2010. Enhancing Human Performance in Security Operations: International and Law Enforcement Perspectives. Charles C. Thomas LTD, Publisher – USA.

Eid, J. (2007). En kommentar til ”Tøffe piloter gråter ikke”. I Moldjord, C., Firing, C, & Laberg, J. C. (red). Liv og Lære i Operative Miljøer (pp. 149-166). Fagbokforlaget – Bergen.

Mikkelborg, S., Eid, J. & Johnsen, B. H. (Eds; 2006). Studiehefte til boka “Operativ Psykologi”. ISBN  82-450-0534-7). Fagbokforlaget: Bergen, Norge.

Johnsen, B. H.  & Eid, J. (Eds; 2006). Operational Psychology. Training and Development Issues: A Special Issue of Military Psychology. (ISBN/ISSN: 0-8058-9390-3). Lawrence Earlbaum: New York.

Eid, J. (2004). Når medarbeidere rammes: Personalomsorg ved ulykker og dødsfall i virksomheten. I S. Einarsen & A. Skogstad (Eds.) Den dyktige medarbeider (pp 389-407). Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.

Brun, W., Eid. J., Johnsen, B. H., Laberg, J. C., Ekornås, B., & Kobbeltvedt, T. (2004). Bridge resource management training: Enhancing shared mental models and task performance. In H. Montgomery, R. Lipshitz, & B. Brehmer (Eds.), How professionals make decisions (pp 183-193). ISBN 0805844716. Earlbaum: New York. 

Laberg, J. C., Eid, J., Johnsen, B. H., Eriksen, B. S. and Zachariassen, K. K. (2000). Coping with interrogations. In Carol McCann and Ross Pigeau (Eds.), The Human in Command: Exploring issues in military social science (pp 333-334). Kluwer Academic Publishers.