SIRIUS, an IARPA program

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is a US government agency the aim of which is to invest in high-risk/high-payoff research programs that have the potential to provide US with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries.

One of most recent programs promoted by IARPA is Sirius.

The goal of the Sirius Program is to create Serious Games to train participants and measure their proficiency in recognizing and mitigating the cognitive biases that commonly affect all types of intelligence analysis. The research objective is to experimentally manipulate variables in Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) to determine whether and how such variables might enable player-participant recognition and persistent mitigation of cognitive biases. The Program will provide a basis for experimental repeatability and independent validation of effects, and identify critical elements of design for effective analytic training in VLEs. The cognitive biases of interest that will be examined include: (1) Confirmation Bias, (2) Fundamental Attribution Error, (3) Bias Blind Spot, (4) Anchoring Bias, (5) Representativeness Bias, and (6) Projection Bias.

To know more: http://www.iarpa.gov/index.html

http://www.iarpa.gov/Programs/ia/Sirius/sirius.html

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