Experts want to tap into the way Marines make decisions based on hunches to see if there’s a way to further develop their “sixth sense” and help them guess right more often than not.
Most warfighters develop their gut instincts through time and experience, said Lt. Cmdr. Brent Olde with the Office of Naval Research, according to a news release. But now ONR experts want to apply their studies in neural, cognitive and behavioral sciences to help Marines and sailors develop those instincts earlier in their careers.
The goal is to help them tap into their “spidey sense” when making split-second decisions that require them to making rapid, unconscious interpretations of their surroundings, the release states. A team of scientists will study factors such as memory and perception to better understand how decisions are made and whether there are ways to improve premonition through training.
“Ultimately, this is about sailors and Marines being able to harness their gut instincts in situations where they need to act quickly,” said Dr. Peter Squire, a program officer with ONR, according to the release. “But first, we have to understand what gives rise to this so-called ‘sixth sense.’ Can we model it? Is there a way to improve it through training?”
ONR will conduct the research over a four year period. You can read more about the study here.