Welcome to the RECOBIA newsletter!
The RECOBIA consortium is delighted to send you the third issue of the RECOBIA newsletter.
The objective of the FP7-funded RECOBIA project is to improve the quality of intelligence analysis. To this end the 9 partners of the RECOBIA consortium will provide an assessment of cognitive biases and identify how the cognitive biases affect intelligence analysis. Building on this initial assessment, best practices to reduce the negative impact of cognitive biases will be defined, and likely to be found in the domain of software tools, training of analysts, and organisational issues.
The objective of this newsletter is to inform you about the progress of work, and upcoming results. You will also find updates about the workshops, a list of our online reports and publications, and new items in the “library section”!
We remain at your disposal should you have any remark, questions, or should you want to get involved with the project. You can contact us, via the contact form on the website, Please also visit www.recobia.eu for more information.
On behalf of the RECOBIA Consortium, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
The RECOBIA Project Team.
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An end-user centric project: workshops
In the framework of the project, four workshops have already been organised. The objectives of these workshops are to ensure the commitment of the end-user community along the duration of the project and thus producing practical and operational outcomes that are in accordance with the ‘real world’ needs and requirements of the intelligence community.
Find out what end-users say about the workshops:
“I would like to thank you once more for the very interesting and so well organised workshop."
"It was a GREAT workshop - excellent organisation and presentation delivery!"
"Thank you for a wonderful, very valuable workshop!"
"We found it most useful."
"Thank you all for organising this most productive and useful workshop. We all feel that it was most beneficial."
Upcoming workshop (Spring 2014)
The next workshop of the RECOBIA project will take place in Spring 2014! More information about this event will be published in the coming weeks.
Fourth Workshop (November 2013)
On 13 and 14 November 2013, EUROSINT Forum & CEIS-European Office organized, at the premises of ATOS in Madrid, the fourth workshop in the framework of the FP7 RECOBIA project (Reduction of Cognitive Biases in Intelligence Analysis). This workshop was attended by more than twenty intelligence professionals representing National and European Intelligence Agencies.
The objective of this workshop was to link specific intelligence situations with the related cognitive biases and to present a scenario and specific situations that will illustrate them.
During this workshop, participants were invited to discuss, debate, comment and validate the RECOBIA scenario and the specific intelligence situations, presented by CEIS. A selective exposure experiment was held by Graz University of Technology (TUG) and Hawk Associates Ltd. Finally, IT-induced cognitive biases were introduced during this workshop by Zanasi & Partners.
The minutes and presentations from this workshop are available online for registered users:
Proceedings from the previous RECOBIA workshops are available online! You will find them on the RECOBIA website.
Reports and publications from the RECOBIA consortium
Reports produced in the framework of the RECOBIA project can be found online. You will find several reports in the publication section of the website: http://www.recobia.eu/publications. Please find below the latest report:
- Risk Analysis Report on Cognitive Biases in the Intelligence process (November 2013)
The RECOBIA consortium is happy to report that the Library section of the website is not only up and running but also updated regularly with new material!
The objective of this section is to provide end-users and general public interested in the area of intelligence analysis, and cognitive biases, essential readings and publications on the topic, and all in one place.
You will find in the library section several types of documents: news articles, reports, videos, and fun ways to learn about cognitive biases!
- Reduce Bias by using a second language (Blog Post, Sources and Methods)
- The Cost of ignoring behavioral biases (Article, IMCA)
- How to manage biased people (Blog Post, HBR Blog)
- Defense department invites Mercyhurst to ‘play’ (Article, Mercyhurst University Intelligence studies)
- University of Oklahoma researchers develop video game to test for biases (Article, The Oklahoman)
- 57 cognitive biases that screw up how we think (Article, Business Insider)
- Prevailing beliefs: Why Intelligence Analysis sometimes fails (Article, Defense Media Network)
- Bias and Perception: how it affects our judgment in Decision Making and Analysis (Article, Small Wars Journal)
- The secrecy heuristics: Inferring quality from secrecy in Foreign Policy contexts (Blog Post, Sources and Methods)
- Spooky Judgments: How Agents think about danger (Blog Post, We’re Only Human)
- The Anchoring Effect: How the mind is biased by first impression (Blog Post, PsyBlog)
- The Bias within the Bias (Blog Post, The Scientific American)
- Perception, Bias, and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Blog Post, HC Intelligence)