Understanding Optimal Decision-making in War-gaming II
ARMY TRADOC ANALYSIS CENTER MONTEREY CA
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The purpose of this memorandum is to provide documentation of research for the Army Research Office ARO by the TRADOC Analysis Center, Monterey TRAC-MTRY. The focus of the research is to develop a model that represents the relationship between neurophysiological metrics and optimal decision making. The research team modified two well-known psychological tests for a military context. The Iowa Gambling Task IGT was modified to assess reinforcement learning and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test WCST was modified to assess cognitive flexibility. The tests were administered to 34 military officers across all services. Based on the results of the IGT and WCST, the research team also developed the Cognitive Alignment With Performance Targeted Training Intervention Model CAPTTIM to assess the relationship between a subjects cognitive state and their observed performance. Through analyzing reinforcement learning and cognitive flexibility, the CAPTTIM can be used to provide a real-time notification of when a training intervention is required and the type of training intervention necessary. The results indicate that the modified versions of the IGT and WCST along with the CAPTTIM can be as an objective assessment tool in conjunction with other virtual and live military decision making training.
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