Microgames for Acquiring and Rehearsing Cognitive Schemas for Perception (MARCS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0514
Agency Tracking Number: N112-162-0462
Amount: $149,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-162
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, -
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sean Guarino
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: mfelix@cra.com
Research Institution
In the last decade, Marines have been challenged by an unconventional warfare environment where they are hunted by snipers and terrorists. To improve combat effectiveness, the USMC has implemented the Combat Hunter Program, focused on teaching Marines perceptual skills needed to become the hunter, rather than the hunted. These skills rely on establishing cognitive baselines, or schemas, that identify what shouldand should notbe expected in combat settings. This Combat Hunter training has focused on specific cognitive schemas for current deployment settings. However, even small changes to these settings require significantly changing these schemas. To enable context switching and skill transfer, Marines need tools to train the meta-cognitive skills to construct and adapt cognitive schemas to new settings. Successful training tools will be accessible to the Marines who must use them, minimizing the burden of acquisition and rehearsal, engaging Marines in the training process, and providing meaningful and encouraging feedback. To address these requirements, we propose to design and demonstrate the feasibility of Microgames for Acquiring and Rehearsing Cognitive Schemas for Perception (MARCS), a suite of light-weight deployable games focused on teaching Combat Hunters to construct or adapt schemas for particular settings or situations to enhance perception of threats.

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