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MACBETH (Mitigating Analyst Cognitive Bias by Eliminating Task Heuristics) is an award-winning strategy game that puts the player in the position of an intelligence analyst who manages Intel resources and uses information to foil terrorist threats around the globe. Determine the location, method, and suspect of potential terrorist attacks by using the skills of a real intelligence analyst in this exciting strategy game. In MACBETH, you’ll learn to avoid common decision-making mistakes by practicing to recognize and mitigate certain cognitive biases. These are skills essential to intelligence analysts and anyone who has to make high-stakes decisions.

MACBETH is comprised of 10 unique missions that take you all over the world, testing your analytical skills while defusing intense situations with potentially catastrophic consequences. In 2013, MACBETH was awarded The Best Serious Game in both the Business Category and the Special Emphasis Category – Adaptive Force Training by the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).

The K20 Center is part of an OU team awarded a contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory in support of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop an educational video game or “serious game” to train intelligence analysts and measure their proficiency in recognizing and mitigating the cognitive biases that affect intelligence analysis.

The objective of the game is to improve accuracy of credibility assessments and mitigate cognitive biases of future intelligence analysts. The game is a learning system where players must counteract threats to American interests by using the intelligence data at hand without allowing their cognitive biases to cloud their judgment.

MACBETH provides an interactive learning experience that encourages intrinsic motivation—a key element in the theoretical model—and has been shown in experimental trials to be more effective than current methods used to mitigate certain cognitive biases. Research based on MACBETH has resulted in the publication of at least seven academic articles and numerous conference proceedings.

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