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Decision-Making for Law Enforcement Officers

Title: Decision-Making for Law Enforcement Officers: Can "Brain-Training" Develop Critical Decision-Making Skills?.
Name(s): Bedard, Roy R., author
Tenenbaum, Gershon, professor directing dissertation
Boot, Walter Richard, university representative
Chow, Graig Michael, committee member
Gabana, Nicole T., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (120 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Decision-making (DM) efficacy is influenced by several factors including development of perceptual-cognitive skills (PCS) that underpin DM processes. In the current study I have examined the effect of a "brain-training" method using Neuro-Tracker (i.e., a three-dimensional moving object tracker;3D-MOT) which aimed at improving law enforcement officers PCS on decision-making capability. Forty elite law enforcement officers completed a pre-posttest experiment on a video based simulated task environment (STE) to establish baseline scores for situational awareness, anticipation and DM skills. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions (i.e. treatment, active control and no-contact). The treatment participants trained on the 3D-MOT over a period of three-weeks. The active control read articles and answered questions on the readings during that same time period. A no-contact control condition was used to control for learning effects on the STE. Pre- and post-testing was scored by five police procedures subject-matter-experts. Inspection of the DM Scores shows a descriptive trend where by the Passive Control participants showed an average decline in DM Total Score, the Active Control participants remained unchanged while the 3D-MOT participants showed slight increase. An occlusion paradigm was administered to more closely examine situational awareness and anticipation. On average, the participants in the three experimental conditions improved in situational awareness across experimental conditions and in anticipation However, neither the experimental condition nor its interaction with time resulted in significant effect. The nonsignificant results are discussed within the general-specific transfer conceptual framework and future directions are introduced.
Identifier: 2019_Summer_Bedard_fsu_0071E_15404 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2019.
Date of Defense: July 17, 2019.
Keywords: 3D-MOT, anticipation, decision making, perceptual-cognitive skills, Police, situational awareness
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Gershon Tenenbaum, Professor Directing Dissertation; Walter R. Boot, University Representative; Graig Chow, Committee Member; Nicole Gabana, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
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Host Institution: FSU

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Bedard, R. R. (2019). Decision-Making for Law Enforcement Officers: Can "Brain-Training" Develop Critical Decision-Making Skills? Retrieved from