CogniFit's Science blog: Cognition Towards Safety

Cognition Towards Safety

All the professions carry some degree of risk. A postman may have an accident while delivering the mail, a basketball player may get injured while playing or training, even an office assistant may be hurt while picking a photocopy. These are a few but not limited examples.

But not all professions were created equally, and therefore some are more dangerous than others. Some professions carry even a higher risk, as they may impact on the lives of many people.

A few examples of this would be air traffic controllers or pilots, train drivers, nuclear plant workers, or even doctors. These are professions where certain mistakes will not only look bad on the yearly performance evaluation. Professional mistakes may impact on lives of many other people.

So in these cases, more than in others, the professional error reduction is a crucial part of the professional development. Making sure the tools and conditions for this reduction are available and used is part of the base principles to work. But surely it is much easier to theorize from the outside, than to be involved in such a going pressure to do everything right.

There are already several companies in the world specialized in this very specific activity of reducing professional mistakes, therefore this is not necessarily a new topic, but it is still a fairly unknown one. However it is worth noting that before anything, professional mistakes are mostly linked with lack of concentration, coordination or processing speed. Those are base cognitive skills that, once improved and maximized, will indeed minimize the chances of any mistake to occur.

Training the brain to be much faster and alert is the starting point to anyone who wishes to take advantage of all its capacities. But while for some it might be a good choice to do so, for others it’s part of their duties to guarantee a continued fit brain. It is a good thing that the neuroscience developments over the last decades have created the right tools to achieve this in an easy (and fun) way. Most importantly though, the scientific research once again proves to be a key source of life protection.