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Human Factors of CC-130 Operations. Volume 5: Human Factors in Decision Making

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Technical Report

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Defense and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine North York, ON Canada

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Volume 5 of the report of the DCIEMATG study team descries the development of a proposed new training program devoted to Human Factors in Decision Making HFDM. It is envisaged that the HFDM training syllabus would replace existing Aircrew Coordination Training ACT within the CC-130 community. The proposed training can be distinguished from other approaches with similar goals either explicit or implicit by its base within a theoretical framework of human information processing. The differences lie less in the content than in the way the material is organized and shaped by theory. The proposed HFDM training is based on two related models of the human information processor. They are the Information Processing IP model, and the Perceptual Control Theory PCT model. The models are complementary as the IP model sits within the PCT framework. Together they integrate much of what is known about human information processing and decision making. Topics for HFDM training come directly from this theoretical framework. The proposed syllabus is made up of 11 related modules covering the following topics an introduction to the decision making loop leadership and followership the emergence of communication and captaincy in teams and groups sensationperception goal setting action selection management of control, attention, time and knowledge and finally communication.

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