Decision-making in sensorimotor control
Psychophysiological changes that are associated with threatening situations affect our biological processes by causing the body to increase heart rate, respiration, and blood flow to the large muscle groups. This results in a loss of dexterity that could negatively affect an officer's hand and eye coordination and lead to other cognitive deficiencies. The course is designed to provide participants with objective, scientific, and empirical foundations of decision making processes in high-stress environments when awareness of self and others is the key to survival and rationale. The course will allow your staff to gain an understanding of the correlation between environmental obstacles and rapid feedback responses as well as the association between biology, psychology and cognition with aggression, violence, anxiety, excessive force, and decision making processes. The curriculum is designed to provide case-based, empirical tools and strategies to stay conscious in the face of threatening situations, and deal with phenomena such as tunnel vision, panic, stress, or over-exaggeration of emotions. Participants will have an opportunity to partake in a variety of simulated exercises, and share their experiences with other officers.
DECISION-MAKING AND SENSORIMOTOR CONTROL
This course will provide officers with functional concepts of sensorimotor reactions to the environment and its connection with decision making processes. In the face of a threatening situation, an officer is subjected to many neuropsychological processes that often unfold within a split second. Often times, the body reacts faster than we can psychologically acknowledge. During fight or flight heart-rate and respiration increases, and an individual is more likely to hyperventilate or hold one’s breath, impairing the brain areas affecting fine motor skills.