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Max Kinateder

  • PHD
  • Research Officer
  • National Research Council Canada
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Why do people sometimes not evacuate when necessary? How is behavior guided by the social and architectural environment in emergencies? I am interested in human behavior in emergency situations, evacuation behavior, and social influence in emergencies. The aim of my work is to contribute to a better understanding of human perception and action in emergency situations. I am particularly interested in how people affect each other in their evacuation behavior (social influence) and what measures (e.g., training) improve evacuation behavior. For most of my studies, I use highly immersive virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) to simulate emergency scenarios. VR allows the simulation of complex scenarios with a high level of experimental control in the safe environment of a university laboratory. There are many unanswered questions about VR as a research method to study human behavior in emergency situations. I am a postdoctoral research associate in Emily Cooper's lab at Dartmouth College.

Recent publications

  • Cognitive Biases Within Decision Making During Fire Evacuations

    • Kinsey M
    • Gwynne S
    • Kuligowski E
    • et al.
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  • Threshold differences on figure and ground: Gelb and Granit (1923)

    • Kinateder M
    • Nelson R
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Professional experience

Research Officer

National Research Council of Canada

September 2018 - Present


Brown University

February 2014 - June 2016(2 years)

Guest Researcher

National Institute of Standards and Technology

September 2013 - March 2014(6 months)

Research Assistant

Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Department of Psychology

July 2009 - August 2012(3 years)



University of Wuerzburg, Germany

July 2009 - February 2013(4 years)


Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

March 2004 - March 2009(5 years)

Co-authors (43)

  • yuxin zhang
  • youssef shiban