Training support for Naturalistic Decision Making: Serious gaming for adaptive performance of military personnel

Yelim Mun, Anja van der Hulst, Esther Oprins, Jan Maarten Schraagen

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    Abstract

    Introduction: For effective decision making in the 21st century where operational environments are complex and uncertain, there is a strong need for training support and its practical application to naturalistic, real-world settings. In this contribution, we focus on training of adaptive performance using NDM approach. In particular, we introduce serious games (SGs) as a potential means to train adaptive performance of military personnel.

    Method: The design of our SG is explained with the aim of enhancing adaptive performance and effective decision making in complex and uncertain environments. The rule change element is introduced and other game design elements are described taking the perspective of Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM) approach.

    Results: The findings from a game design validation session show that participants were able to assess the situational change and adapt their actions during the SG play. Challenges of practical application of the training support into the Dutch Major’s school are described.

    Discussion: We discuss future directions of SG improvement within an NDM approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNaturalistic Decision Making and Uncertainty
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Bi-Annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making
    EditorsJulie Gore, Paul Ward
    Place of PublicationBath, UK
    PublisherUniversity of Bath
    Pages329-335
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)978-0-86197-194-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event13th Bi-Annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making and Uncertainty, NDM 2017 - University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
    Duration: 20 Jun 201723 Jun 2017
    Conference number: 13

    Conference

    Conference13th Bi-Annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making and Uncertainty, NDM 2017
    Abbreviated titleNDM 2017
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityBath
    Period20/06/1723/06/17

    Keywords

    • Decision making
    • Adaptive performance
    • Education and Training
    • Serious game
    • Military

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