Cognitive Solutions

Threat Detection Skills Trainer

Improve Threat Detection by U.S. Army Soldiers on Patrol

ARA assessed and validated threat detection measures, identified expert mental models, and created training to improve threat detection performance. more

Cognitive Task Analysis

De-escalation Training for the Social Security Administration (SSA)

ARA developed a customized de-escalation training program for SSA front line employees who engage the public on a daily basis. more

Intensive Care Unit

Cooperative Communication System for a Burn Intensive Care Unit

ARA developed a real-time decision support and team communications IT system to improve intensive care unit clinical team efficiency and safety. more

DM-Panner Logo

Disaster Management Training for the Smithsonian Institution (SI)

ARA trained SI staff to develop disaster management plans for SI facilities using a customized disaster management tool (DM-Planner) developed by ARA. more

Cognitive Systems Engineering

Cognitive Systems Engineering

ARA uses Cognitive Systems Engineering (CSE) methods to intensely study cognitive work as it is actually done in field settings to develop systems... more

Firefighter Forcible Entry Tutorial

Firefighter Forcible Entry Tutorial

ARA, LSU, and GSA worked together to develop an online tutorial for firefighters to aid them in identifying special windows and the tools to use... more

Blast

BLAST

Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test (BLAST) is a portable, three part system that is able to measure blast pressure, establish injury thresholds for... more

TSA Passenger Checkpoint

Improving TSA Screening Performance via Cognitive Systems Engineering

ARA studied airline passenger screening human factors, organizational design, job design, and training to improve Security Officer performance. The... more

NICU

Human Factors Support for Redesign of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

ARA performed a human factors evaluation of design of a new physical workspace for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (CCHMC) and... more

  • Threat Detection Skills Trainer
  • Cognitive Task Analysis
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • DM-Panner Logo
  • Cognitive Systems Engineering
  • Firefighter Forcible Entry Tutorial
  • Blast
  • TSA Passenger Checkpoint
  • NICU

ARA’s cognitive studies enable us to provide unique solutions to our client’s technical problems. We use behavioral psychology to assess and understand how people interact with technology, products, situations, and other people.

Our cognitive capabilities combined with our expertise in the physical sciences allow us to develop solutions that enhance the performance of those confronted with high-stake judgments and decisions. We work to understand how decision-makers process personal experiences when situations change in their environment.

ARA research methods include Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) which we use to study key aspects of cognitive performance among medical and health professionals.

ARA uses our specialized training to gather information and determine what is really required from a cognitive point of view for end users to function most effectively in their environment

We provide cognitive solutions for:

  • High-stakes decision making
  • Skilled performance and expertise
  • Advanced training that is more authentic to real-world environments and applicable to real-world users
  • Human operator role in systems and safety
  • Transitioning researched methods to real-world practice
Threat Detection Skills Trainer

Improve Threat Detection by U.S. Army Soldiers on Patrol

ARA assessed and validated threat detection measures, identified expert mental models, and created training to improve threat detection performance. more

Cognitive Task Analysis

De-escalation Training for the Social Security Administration (SSA)

ARA developed a customized de-escalation training program for SSA front line employees who engage the public on a daily basis. more

Intensive Care Unit

Cooperative Communication System for a Burn Intensive Care Unit

ARA developed a real-time decision support and team communications IT system to improve intensive care unit clinical team efficiency and safety. more

DM-Panner Logo

Disaster Management Training for the Smithsonian Institution (SI)

ARA trained SI staff to develop disaster management plans for SI facilities using a customized disaster management tool (DM-Planner) developed by ARA. more

Cognitive Systems Engineering

Cognitive Systems Engineering

ARA uses Cognitive Systems Engineering (CSE) methods to intensely study cognitive work as it is actually done in field settings to develop systems... more

Firefighter Forcible Entry Tutorial

Firefighter Forcible Entry Tutorial

ARA, LSU, and GSA worked together to develop an online tutorial for firefighters to aid them in identifying special windows and the tools to use... more

Blast

BLAST

Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test (BLAST) is a portable, three part system that is able to measure blast pressure, establish injury thresholds for... more

TSA Passenger Checkpoint

Improving TSA Screening Performance via Cognitive Systems Engineering

ARA studied airline passenger screening human factors, organizational design, job design, and training to improve Security Officer performance. The... more

NICU

Human Factors Support for Redesign of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

ARA performed a human factors evaluation of design of a new physical workspace for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (CCHMC) and... more

Heuristica, a serious game

Heuristica Serious Games

Heuristica, a serious game, trains participants to improve their critical thinking and decision making by reducing cognitive biases. more

Safer Rail Transportation - Federal Railroad Administration

E-Learning Website for Human Systems Integration

ARA developed an interactive web site to enable understanding of human systems integration (HSI) issues such as attention and distraction for two... more

Organizational Resilience in the ISS Program

Best Practices for Organizational Resilience in the ISS Program

ARA studied Johnson Space Center (JSC) practices to determine causes leading to two near-fatal extra-vehicular activity (spacewalks): ISS... more

Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting System Design

Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting

ARA collaborated with two industry teams to develop the Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting (ESMF) system. The system is designed to synthesize... more