The Tactical Cognition Approach to Conflict Dominance
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TactiCog LLC began around 1997 by exploring an instructional procedure traditional
to a small handful of martial arts, relying on experience from a lengthy teaching
This combined with earlier work in computer programming languages that led to the
sister-science of cognition.
The enormous resources of the Texas A&M Library permitted the synthesis of research
in numerous fields, including Contextual Interference and Practice Skills, Cognitive
Load Theory, Knowledge Organization, Naturalistic Decision Making, Situation Awareness,
Adult Learning, Neuroscience, and Complex/Dynamic Systems.
“Fighter Pilots are going to LOVE this.
Anonymous Cognitive Engineering Researcher
Dr. Maier earned a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 2004 for his early work devising
a concrete approach to measure & train the management of Cognitive Load of high-speed,
high-consequence decision making.
He uses a traditional martial arts activity to generate time pressure and complexity,
pushing human cognition to the edge of Overload. At that edge, practicing failure
and recovery are all in a day’s work.
“Engineering Of Cognition”
How Fast Am I?
Not as simple as it sounds. It’s not just reaction time. That’s when you know what’s
coming & what you’re going to do. Your action is pre-loaded.
It’s different when you don’t know what’s coming or what you need to do. And then,
it changes. Are you keeping up? It changes again, in a different way. Have you affected
it? Re-assess. Repeat, repeat.