April 13, 2021

Harvard Dr: "Threat responses affect optimal decision making"

Harvard Dr: "Threat responses affect optimal decision making"

Educating our officers and the public might be the key to creating trust.


Dr. Yilmaz is a Harvard-trained doctor of neuroscience and is working with the best and brightest at Stanford.  Her work is creating a better understanding of the limits of human potential under stress.  While it seems like every bad outcome in policing is said to be the result of systemic bias, racism, or institutionalized marginalization there are a few who are stepping away from social science and taking a deeper dive into the hard science of how the brain works under stress.  What they are finding might change the way we train police and create a more realistic set of expectations for those in the police uniform.