Accession Number : AD0487891

Title :   TARGET DETECTION: STUDY 3. THE RELATIVE USEFULNESS OF ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND VERBAL DESCRIPTION TECHNIQUES IN TARGET DETECTION TRAINING.

Descriptive Note : Research memo.,

Corporate Author : GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE

Personal Author(s) : Wolff, Peter C. ; Van Loo, Joseph

Report Date : JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : Active participation of trainees in a target detection training program involving stationary targets and a transfer situation involving moving targets was found to improve target detection performance. Active participation also led to an increase in number of false detections. Verbal description of type, location, and appropriate locations of the target hindered target detection, but also suggested a possible reduction in number of false detections. Target identification on the tests was not affected by verbal description, even though the targets pointed out during training were named and described. (But the validity of the target identification test was questionable.) Transfer from stationary to moving targets occurred, but was not very pronounced. This finding suggests that the two skills should be trained for separately. Research on training programs in target detection should be more extensive, to determine if response devices which increase trainee participation lead to ability to discriminate between true and false targets, or if such devices simply increase responsiveness to target-like stimuli indiscriminately. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*TRAINING, TARGET DISCRIMINATION), TRAINING DEVICES, OPTIMIZATION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), STATISTICAL ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE