Accession Number : ADP001384

Title :   Models of Human Information Processing: Implications for Trainer/Simulator Design,


Personal Author(s) : Thomason,Spencer C.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Many studies have investigated the relationship between the fidelity of simulators and other training devices and the transfer of training they effect. Most of these have found that the greater the fidelity, the more positive transfer of training which occurs. There are, however, many problems with the measurement of transfer of training, and predicting it is well-nigh impossible. Therefore, the most common approach to the design of trainers and simulators has been to incorporate as much fidelity as is economically feasible into the device. This approach often results in low cost/training effectiveness, compared with other possible configurations. The reason for this is the diminishing returns on training effectiveness and, in some cases, even reductions in the transfer of training in the high-fidelity region of the transfer curve. Recent research in human information processing mechanisms and cognitive structures is discussed in terms of implications for designing training devices and maximizing their cost-effectiveness. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Information processing, *Human resources, *Transfer of training, *Computerized simulation, *Training devices, Human factors engineering, Cost effectiveness, Operational effectiveness, Models, Clustering, Perception(Psychology), Memory(Psychology), Cognition, Skills, Man machine systems, Man computer interface, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE