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Training Fast and Frugal Heuristics in Military Decision Making

Banks, Adrian, Gamblin, David and Hutchinson, Heather (2020) Training Fast and Frugal Heuristics in Military Decision Making Applied Cognitive Psychology.

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Abstract

Fast and frugal heuristics have been used to model decision making in applied domains very effectively, suggesting that they could be used to improve applied decision making. We developed a fast and frugal heuristic for infantry decisions using experts from the British Army. This was able to predict around 80% of their decisions using three cues. Next, we examined the benefits of learning to use the fast and frugal heuristic by training junior officers in the British Army to apply the heuristic and assessing their accuracy and mental workload when making decisions. Their performance was compared to a control condition of junior officers who applied standard military decision methods. Participants using the fast and frugal heuristic made decisions as accurately as participants in the control condition, but with reduced mental demand. This demonstrates that fast and frugal heuristics can be learnt, and are as effective as analytic decision methods.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Banks, AdrianA.Banks@surrey.ac.uk
Gamblin, Davidd.m.gamblin@surrey.ac.uk
Hutchinson, Heather
Date : 12 March 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords : fast and frugal heuristics, decision making, mental workload
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 17 Mar 2020 11:50
Last Modified : 17 Mar 2020 11:50
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/853942

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