My research concerns team decision making in complex engineered environment, such as commercial aviation and space missions. In various studies I have examined decision making and communication processes on the fight deck as well as between pilots and dispatchers. My current projects focus on the effects of team composition and team training approaches on the interaction and decision sttrategies of small teams, such as flight crews and mission specialists. Funding for my work has been provided by NASA, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and the Federal Aviation Agency.


Davison, J., Fischer, U., & Orasanu, J. (2003). When language becomes a barrier instead of a bridge:   Communication failures between pilots and air traffic controllers. In Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology .   Columbus, OH.

Fischer, U. (2000). Cultural variability in crew discourse.

Fischer, U. (2000).   Kognitionspsychologische Grundlagen des Konstruktivismus.   In H. E. Renk (ed.), Das Konstruieren von Wirklichkeiten:   Ästhetik, Kultur und Erfahrung (pp. 43-60).   Luchterhand:   Berlin.

Fischer, U., McDonnell, L., & Orasanu, J. (2007).   Linguistic correlates of team performance: Toward a tool for monitoring team functioning during space missions.

Fischer, U., & Orasanu, J. (2003). Experience and Role Effects on Commercial Pilots' Interpretation of Aviation Problems.

Fischer, U., & Orasanu, J. (2000). Error-challenging strategies: Their role in preventing and correcting errors.

Fischer, U., & Orasanu, J. (1999). Cultural diversity and crew communication.

Fischer, U., & Orasanu, J. (1999). Say it again, Sam! Effective communication strategies to mitigate pilot error.

Fischer, U., & Orasanu, J. (1997). How to challenge the captain’s actions. In Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology. Columbus, OH.

Fischer, U. Orasanu, J., & Montalvo, M. (1993). Efficient decision strategies on the flight deck.

Fischer, U., Orasanu, J., & Wich, M. (1995). Expert pilots’ perceptions of problem situations.

Orasanu, J., & Fischer, U. (1992).   Distributed cognition in the cockpit:   Linguistic control of shared problem solving. In Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp.189-194).   Hillsdale, NJ:   Erlbaum

Orasanu, J., & Fischer, U. (1997). Finding decisions in natural environments: The view from the cockpit. In C. Zsambok & G. Klein (Eds.). Naturalistic Decision Making (pp. 343-357). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Orasanu, J., Fischer, U., & Davison, J. (2004).   Risk perception and risk management in aviation.   In R. Dietrich & K. Jochum (Eds.), Teaming up:   Components of safety under high risk (pp. 93-116). Aldershot, UK:   Ashgate Publishing.  

Orasanu, J., Fischer U., & Davidson, J. (1997). Cultural barriers to effective communication in aviation. In S. Oskamp & C. Granrose (Eds.), Cross-cultural working groups. The Claremont Social Psychology Symposium (pp134-160). London: Sage.

Orasanu, J., Fischer, U., McDonnell, L., Davison, J., Haars, K., Villeda, E., & VanAken, C. (1998). How do flight crews detect and prevent errors? Findings from a flight simulation study. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Orasanu, J., Fischer, U., Tada, Y. & Kraft, N. (2004).   Team stress and performance:   Implications for long-duration space missions.   In Proceedings of the 48 th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society , New Orleans, LO, 552-556.



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