Research into people's reactions to emergencies aims to make sure there are more survivors in future
By: Lucy Tobin
Imagine you're stuck in a burning building, trying desperately to escape. After stumbling to the end of a smoke-filled corridor, you have to choose whether to turn left or right. The decision could determine whether you live or die but the way you make it is not as random as you might think, according to Ed Galea, professor of mathematical modeling at the University of Greenwich.
Galea has forged a career out of working out the science and psychology behind how people's brains function in disaster zones. He has interviewed thousands of survivors, from 300 people who escaped the World Trade Center on 9/11 to plane crash and Paddington rail disaster survivors. The results of his research are used by governments, building designers and emergency workers around