Quantitative Analysis of Situational Awareness (QUASA): Applying Signal Detection Theory to True/False Probes and Self-Ratings
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BAE SYSTEMS BRISTOL (UNITED KINGDOM) ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
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This paper describes a technique for assessing the situational awareness of individuals such as warfighters participating in C2 experiments and exercises. Known as QUASA quantitative analysis of situational awareness, the technique combines both objective queries truefalse probes and subjective self-ratings of confidence for each probe response. The data so obtained are then analyzed and interpreted using the mathematical framework of Signal Detection Theory SDT. The rationale behind the technique is described, followed by an example of its implementation and the results obtained. Further refinements of the technique based on recent research in experimental psychology are also considered.
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