Dr Nicholas WrightSenior Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security
University of Birmingham
Dr Nicholas Wright applies neuroscientific and behavioural insights to decision-making in international confrontations, in ways practically applicable to policy. He focuses on real-world cases such as managing China-U.S. escalation scenarios. He is a non-resident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, DC) in addition to his role at Birmingham. Previously Dr Wright was a research fellow in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London and a visiting fellow in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. He also worked in internal medicine and then in clinical neurology in Oxford and London. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).
4:25 PM Cognition In The Grey Zone
• Defining grey zone conflicts
• Cognitive factors of the grey zone: understanding adversary and populace perceptions and decision-making and the implications for intelligence preparation of the battlespace
• How can we train commanders to understand influence and behaviour change in the same manner that they understand the role and implications of kinetic effects in the land environment?
• Measuring influence versus control and the need for empirical findings to gain understanding of cognitive factors in grey zone conflicts