Recognition primed decision

recognizing patterns and applying appropriate responses
Recognition-primed decision (RPD) is a model of how people make quick, effective decisions when faced with complex situations.wikipedia
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Gary A. Klein

Gary Klein
* Gary A. Klein, (1998) "Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions", MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass, pp. 1-30.
His recognition primed decision (RPD) model has influenced changes in the ways the Marines and Army train their officers to make decisions.


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RPD combines two ways of developing a decision; the first is recognizing which course of action makes sense, and the second, evaluating the course of action through imagination to see if the actions resulting from that decision make sense.

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The inexperienced also have the tendencies of using trial and error through their imagination.

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1) Agents use a model of human decision making process (called recognition primed decision [RPD] model) to link decision-making tasks to information relevant to the decisions.


For example, experts can be trained to make very accurate decisions when decision making entails recognizing patterns and applying appropriate responses in domains such as firefighting, chess, and weather forecasting.

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Its approach is informed by the recognition primed decision model.


For example, the recognition primed decision (RPD) model explains how people can make relatively fast decisions without having to compare options.

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Recognition primed decision