Accession Number : AD0710682

Title :   THE DEVELOPMENT OF TESTS DESIGNED TO MEASURE ABILITIES IMPORTANT IN HUMAN TRACKING BEHAVIOR,

Corporate Author : PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s) : Parker,James F. , Jr. ; Walker,Walter T. , III

Report Date : JUL 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : Experimental work concerning the nature of human performance in a complex tracking task has provided certain useful information. Certain individuals learn continuous-control tasks more rapidly and advance to a higher level of proficiency than do others. A measure of arm or hand strength and steadiness does not in itself predict whether an individual will be proficient in tracking. It is suggested that those abilities underlying the observing and prediction responses are most critical. In a previous phase of the program a systematic analysis was conducted of a typical complex tracking task. Based upon an evaluation of the required equipment conponents, a set of abilities was hypothesized which might allow a human to perform each function represented by an item of equipment. Within the present phase of this program, reported herein, tests were developed to measure the hypothesized abilities. For each ability, a paper-and-pencil, a mechanical, and an electronic test were devised in order to preclude test intercorrelations based only on similarity of required responses. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*TRACKING, BEHAVIOR), (*PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), TEST METHODS), TEST CONSTRUCTION(PSYCHOLOGY), DISPLAY SYSTEMS, OSCILLOSCOPES, TIME SHARING, ANALOG SYSTEMS, NUMERICAL INTEGRATION, ATTENUATION, NAVAL TRAINING

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE