Serious gaming for adaptive decision making of military personnel

Yelim Mun, Esther Oprins, Karel Van Den Bosch, Anja Van Der Hulst, Jan Maarten Schraagen

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Abstract

The importance of improving adaptive decision making for the military is ever increasing, particularly in operational environments that are unfamiliar, complex, and constantly changing. This paper presents the development and testing of a serious game for training military officers in adaptive decision making. Participants were to detect rule changes in the game world, and to adjust their decisions in accordance with these changes. In an explorative study, the effectiveness of the game was tested by using in-game and outgame measures. The findings on the in-game measure suggest that the game helps participants to detect rule changes and to adapt their decision making. Despite this effect, participants' cognitive flexibility did not increase based on the findings on the out-game measures. Discussions, future directions, and training implications for the Defense organization are described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 International Annual Meeting, HFES 2017
PublisherHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society Inc.
Pages1168-1172
Number of pages5
Volume2017-October
ISBN (Electronic)9780945289531
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event61th HFES International Annual Meeting 2017 - Austin, United States
Duration: 9 Oct 201713 Oct 2017
Conference number: 61

Conference

Conference61th HFES International Annual Meeting 2017
Abbreviated titleHFES 2017
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period9/10/1713/10/17

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    Mun, Y., Oprins, E., Van Den Bosch, K., Van Der Hulst, A., & Schraagen, J. M. (2017). Serious gaming for adaptive decision making of military personnel. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 International Annual Meeting, HFES 2017 (Vol. 2017-October, pp. 1168-1172). Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541931213601776