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EVENT: Psychology Colloquium: Prof Mark Wiggins: Assessing Diagnostic Expertise in Industrial Settings

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Department of Psychology and the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training, Macquarie University

Mark Wiggings is a Professor of Organizational Psychology at Macquarie University. He gained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2001. Mark is currently the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University, with responsibilities for research development and excellence within the disciplines of psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, and education. He also holds positions as the Deputy Director of the Centre of Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training, and Director of the Macquarie University Stimulation Hub. He is a Registered Psychologist in Australia with an endorsed area of practise in Organisational Psychology.

Mark's research and teaching interests lie in the assessment and development of expert performance, particular in the context of cognitive skills such as diagnosis and decision-making. He has acted as an advisor to national and international organisations including the United States Federal Aviation Administration, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Victorian Department of Infrastructure, the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, and the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Title: Assessing Diagnostic Expertise in Industrial Settings


Although it is normally associated with medical practice, diagnosis is a cognitive construct that has found increasing application in complex, high technology environments including transportation and the management of utilities.

Referred as situation assessment in the Human Factors domain or sense making amongst researchers in organisational behaviour, it involves the recognition of a pattern or sequence of features that, in isolation or combination, have meaning for the observer. This presentation describes a program of research, the goal of which was to develop a psychometric tool that would enable the assessment of diagnostic skills across a range of industrial settings. Using associational learning and cue-based processing as theoretical foundations, a number of tasks have been developed and their discriminatory capacity validated in a range of industrial settings. A longitudinal study is currently underway and preliminary results will be reported. Ultimately, the research will enable the development and implementation of interventions to safeguard high technology, high consequence operational environments.
Speaker(s) Prof Mark Wiggins
Location Bayliss Lecture Theatre, Chemistry, G.33
Contact Admin Psy <[email protected]> : 64883267
Start Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:00
End Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:00
Submitted by Admin Psy <[email protected]>
Last Updated Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:28
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