Accession Number : ADA135566

Title :   Bioelectric Predictors of Personnel Performance: A Review of Relevant Research at the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 76-Sep 82,


Personal Author(s) : Lewis,G W

PDF Url : ADA135566

Report Date : Nov 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : Military personnel assessment has primarily depended on paper-and-pencil tests. Such tests predict academic performance but have been criticized for their ineffectiveness in predicting on-job performance. Results of recent research on brain function, which emphasizes process rather than content, suggest that certain brain wave tests predict on-job performance better than do the traditional tests. One area of this research includes bioelectric potentials. This report summarizes NAVPERSRANDCEN research in the area of bioelectric potentials (brain event-related potentials (ERPs) and their possible applications toward improving personnel selection, classification, and predicting on-job performance. These potentials are recorded from scalp electrodes in response to sensory input such as flashes or clicks. Research results show that ERPs are related to success in remedial reading, aptitute test scores, performance in fighter aircraft and on a sonar simulator, and to promotions and attrition. They suggests that ERP data are better able to discriminate and classify performance groups than paper and pencil test scores.

Descriptors :   *Bioelectricity, *Electroencephalography, *Performance(Human), *Jobs, Military personnel, Performance tests, Skills, Predictions, Electrophysiology, Brain, Personnel selection, Attrition, Classification, Aviation personnel, Sonar, Operators(Personnel), Fighter aircraft, Simulators, Reading, Aptitude tests, Scoring, Promotion(Advancement), Test methods, Naval research

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE