Accession Number : AD0417418

Title :   SHORT-TERM MEMORY AS A PREDICTOR OF TROUBLE SHOOTING SKILLS,

Corporate Author : CINCINNATI UNIV OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Senter,R.J. ; Bernstein,B.R.

Report Date : JUL 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : As an adjunct to research on transfer of troubleshooting skill, a battery of tests (both standard and new) was administered to subjects in an attempt to develop tests for the selection of personnel most suited for learning to trouble shoot. This report describes one of the new tests, a test of short-term memory, and indi cates its value as a predictor of learning to troubleshoot. The short-Term Memory Test con sisted of 21 subtests, or sets of different items. Each subtest was studied by the subject for a specified short period, then it was re moved and the subject's memory of the materials was tested. Various types of tests of memory were used, e.g. reconstruction, true-false, multiple choice, etc. Performance on the Short Term Memory Test correlated significantly with some measures of learning to troubleshoot some equipment. Higher correlations were obtained when subjects received incentive pay for better performance on the Short-Term Memory Test. Under the condition of incentive pay, the cor relations between short-term memory and learning to troubleshoot were generally comparable to the correlations obtained between learning to troubleshoot and standard tests of symbolic reasoning and verbal reasoning. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MEMORY(PSYCHOLOGY), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), PSYCHOLOGY, SELECTION, PERSONNEL, SALARIES, REASONING, LEARNING, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, BEHAVIOR.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE