The Development of a Test Battery for Assessment of Human Performance in Dynamic Environments

Period of Performance: 01/01/1986 - 12/31/1986

$496K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Essex Corp.
1040 Woodcock Road Suite 227
Orlando, FL 32803
Principal Investigator

Abstract

IN THE PHASE I EFFORT OF THIS PROJECT THE LITERATURE REVIEW REVEALED A DEFICIT OF STUDIES ON THE EFFECTS OF VEHICLE DYNAMICS ON HUMANS DEALING WITH BIODYNAMIC EFFECTS ONSKILLED BEHAVIOR AS WELL AS INTEGRATION OF SEVERAL COMPONENT SKILLS INTO THE HIGHER LEVEL TASK REQUIRED OF OPERATORS IN MILITARY WEAPONS SYSTEMS. THE LACK OF DATA IS DUE IN LARGE TO THE METHODOLOGICAL DIFFICULTIES IN ASSESSING PERFORMANCE CHANGES. THE EFFORT IN PHASE II IS TO DEVELOP A STANDARDIZED COGNITIVE AND PSYCHOMOTOR TEST BATTERY IMPLEMENTED ON A MICROBASED SYSTEM WHICH IS SUITABLE FOR REPEATED-MEASURES APPLICATION IN SUSTAINED EXPOSURE TO UNUSUAL ENVIRONMENTS. THIS SYSTEM WILL AFFORD MORE IMMEDIATE AND MORE COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT THAN TRADITIONAL PAPER/PENCIL AND APPARATUS BASED TESTS. A SET OF TESTS AS WELL AS A COMPUTER WILL BE CHOSEN FOR THE BATTERY THROUGH REVIEW FOR ADMINISTRATION. DATA WILL BE COLLECTED ON THESE TESTS SURFACED THROUGH REVIEW AND THOSE THAT MEET THE CRITERIA ESTABLISHED WILL BE COMBINED ON A FINAL TEST BATTERY. THIS BATTERY WILL ALSO UNDERGO EXPERIMENTATION. THE EFFORTS AND PROCEDURES FOR ALL ASPECTS OF THE RESEARCH WILL BE DOCUMENTED AS A MANUAL AND A WORKBOOK FOR BUILDING A TEST BATTERY.