Startle effect and situational awareness


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Our lesson plan on the Startle Effect and Situational Awareness equips you with the tools to teach students about the startle response, its impact, and how to maintain situational awareness.

+ Main topic: Startle effect and situational awareness

+ Related topics: Stress and stress management; human performance and limitations; resilience and mental flexibility; information acquisition and processing

+ Training length:  60 – 70 minutes

+ Included: Lesson plan with instructor notes, PowerPoint slides, trainer information sheet, extensive background information for the trainer

+ Access: Instant download after payment

+ File formats: Pdf and PowerPoint

Additional information

Lesson highlights

Comprehensive Background Information

Extensive materials on the startle effect, stress management, and situational awareness.

Engaging Exercises

Simulations to experience the startle effect.

Real-World Case Studies

Examples from aviation to illustrate key points.

Five Levels of Situational Awareness

Students connect these levels to real-life situations and reflect on maintaining good situational awareness.

Practical Strategies

Methods to manage stress and enhance situational awareness in critical situations.

Ideal for Diverse Industries

While tailored for Crew Resource Management (CRM) training, this lesson plan is equally suitable for a wide range of safety-critical industries where non-technical skills are crucial.

What you'll learn

Startle Effect: Understanding the physiological and mental responses to sudden stimuli.

Situational Awareness: The five levels of situational awareness and their applications.

Stress Management: Techniques to manage stress and maintain performance.

Training materials included

PowerPoint Presentation

A complete set of slides to guide the lesson.

Instructor's notes

Detailed notes to help trainers deliver the lesson confidently.

Plug-and-Play lesson plan

Easily implement the provided lesson plans with fully guided trainer notes, ensuring a seamless training experience.

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Our lesson plan on the Startle effect and situational awareness is designed to raise your training standards, provide a fresh and innovative approach, and provide practical exercises and comprehensive support for trainers.


In-House Use Only: This publication is licensed strictly for in-house training and is not to be used for commercial purposes.


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