Accession Number : ADA289405

Title :   Gloved Operator Performance Study. The Effects of Hand Wear and Elastic Resistance of a Control During Tracking Performance.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Anderson, Glen ; Berkhout, Jan ; Granaas, Michael ; Canakapalli, Sri

PDF Url : ADA289405

Report Date : MAY 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : This study was to test the effects of wearing gloves during tracking performance at different levels of elastic resistance in a control. Forty-eight undergraduate students served as subjects. Each group contained 16 subjects, one group for each level of control resistance. The control was a spring-centered displacement joystick with resistance settings of 0,12 and 1702. All subjects performed a compensatory tracking task both bare-handed and while wearing a leather and wool glove assembly. Results indicated that (a) wearing gloves is detrimental to tracking performance for female subjects, (b) female subjects do not benefit from additional exposure to the task before performing the task with gloves as do male subjects, (c) high control resistance may have been beneficial for female subjects during the gloved condition, and (d) small handed female subjects do not perform as well as medium and large handed female subjects, nor as well as male subjects.

Descriptors :   *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *GLOVES, *HANDS, CONTROL, ELASTIC PROPERTIES, TRACKING, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, WEAR, EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY), COMPENSATION, OPERATORS(PERSONNEL), LEATHER, WOOLEN TEXTILES, PSYCHOMOTOR TESTS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE