RescueDigest Resources: Cognitive Blindness

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services.

Cognitive Blindness: What you don’t see can kill you.

Call it size-up, assessment or situational awareness; the ability to perceive and interpret information is critical for managing any emergency incident. But when does focused concentration turn into tunnel vision? Sometimes the training and experience that we rely on to do our job can make us perceive and even recall events very differently than they actually are, sometimes with disastrous results.   How can we develop the ability to better direct attention to critical cues without losing sight of additional information vital to the emergency. 

Fog of War

Sometimes the blindfold stays on, even though you believe that you're looking!

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Cognitive Blindness Experiments: Not Seeing is Believing.

Decision Making: How we know what to do.



RescueDigest’s Own Programs:

Rom Duckworth’s Illusion of Attention in Emergency Services 



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About romduck

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder and award-winning educator with more than twenty five years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, public and private emergency services and hospital based healthcare systems. Currently a career Fire Captain / Paramedic and EMS Coordinator Rom is a frequent speaker at national conferences and a regular contributor to research, magazines, and textbooks on topics of field operations, leadership, and education in emergency services. Contact Rom via