Accession Number : ADA304416

Title :   Using Virtual Environments for Terrain Familiarization: Validation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Mar-Nov 94,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Johnson, David M. ; Wightman, Dennis C.

PDF Url : ADA304416

Report Date : NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : Can virtual environment (VE) technology be used to familiarize soldiers with a geospecific location that they have never previously visited: This question was asked in a training validation experiment employing a two-group, preset-posttest design. The domain modeled in the VE was the Hanchey Army Heliport (HAH) located at Fort Rucker. Soldiers in the Hanchey Group explored a virtual model of the HAH, while soldiers in the Control Group explored a virtual model of a section of Arizona. Results showed that the group which explored the virtual Hanchey performed significantly better than the Control Group on all measures of knowledge of HAH. Further, on a transfer test performed at the actual HAH, the Hanchey Group was able to move to unseen locations in a minimum of time with no errors. These results support the proposition that VE technology can be used for terrain familiarization training.

Descriptors :   *ARMY TRAINING, *VIRTUAL REALITY, SIMULATORS, POSITION(LOCATION), VALIDATION, PERFORMANCE TESTS, TRAINING DEVICES, ARMY PERSONNEL, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), ARMY FACILITIES, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, HELICOPTERS, NAVIGATION, MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, ARMY OPERATIONS, LEARNING, HELMET MOUNTED DISPLAYS, TERRAIN MODELS, HELIPORTS, TRANSFER OF TRAINING, DISTRIBUTED INTERACTIVE SIMULATION.

Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE