Understanding Optimal Military Decision Making: Year 2 Progress Report
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
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This research aims to gain insight into optimal wargaming, decision-making mechanisms using neurophysiological measures by investigating whether brain activation and visual scan patterns predict attention, perception, andor decision-making errors through human-in-the-loop wargaming simulation experiments. We report preliminary results from a study in which 34 military officers completed military-relevant tasks that tap into reinforcement learning and cognitive flexibility, while their eye gaze and brain activity was monitored via eye-tracking and electroencephalography EEG technology. Results indicated that the tasks successfully elicited reinforcement learning and cognitive flexibility, and that a suitable range of variability in performance occurred. Preliminary results of eye tracking provided insight into which pieces of information the subjects used in making their decisions. Several statistical methods for modeling the transition from naive decision making to experienced decision making are examined.
- Administration and Management
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics