Utility of expert cue exposure as a mechanism to improve decision-making performance among novice criminal investigators

Ben W. Morrison*, Mark W. Wiggins, Natalie Morrison

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    The research tested whether systematic exposure to expert-identified cues would improve novice criminal investigators’ cue recognition and, in turn, decision making. Two studies are reported, the first of which was a pre- to postexposure assessment of 20 novices’ cue recognition. This involved testing novices’ recognition (accuracy and latency) of pairings of text-based labels (elicited via cognitive task analyses with subject matter experts) prior to and following an exposure phase. The results revealed statistically significant improvements in comparison with a control group. In the second study, an assessment of 36 novices’ decision-making performance was undertaken prior to and following cue-based exposure (either expert or control cues). Participants engaged one of two decision tasks, which varied in the level of decision support offered: high (i.e., most pertinent features were highlighted for users) or low (i.e., features were naturally “embedded” in the task environment). Although participants receiving expert cue exposure demonstrated improvements in decision-making efficiency, advances in accuracy could be established only where a high level of support was offered. It was concluded that expert cue exposure can offer opportunities for learner development; however, a combination of exposure programs and decision support systems offers the greatest potential in improving the situation assessment skills of less experienced investigators.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-111
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


    • situation assessment
    • decision making
    • cues
    • cue utilization
    • decision support systems


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