Augmenting Cognition: Optimizing Strategic Visual Processing
Final technical rept., Oct 2002-Dec 2006
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIV MISSISSIPPI STATE
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This report details a research project investigating the acquisition and transfer of strategic stimulus processing skills. Previous research suggests that humans initially acquire processing strategies that reduce the number of redundant comparisons required for accurate visual discriminations. Further, strategies acquired during exposure to one set of visual stimuli can be transferred to a novel stimulus set. Strategies are transferred regardless of their effectiveness, and once acquired, they are difficult to modify. The reported research investigates how strategies can be optimized through controlling the difficulty of initial training. Strategies acquired were shown to transfer not only to novel visual stimuli, but also to auditory stimuli. This suggests that the acquisition and transfer of strategic skills are controlled by a central cognitive mechanism, and that initial training has a significant impact on processing skills necessary for a wide range of operational tasks.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics