Accession Number:

AD0627044

Title:

THE VALIDITY OF A BRIEF VESTIBULAR DISORIENTATION TEST IN SCREENING PILOT TRAINEES,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL INST PENSACOLA FLA

Report Date:

1965-10-18

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

A Brief Vestibular Disorientation Test BVDT has been developed that involves an assessment of reactions produced by head movements in a rotating chair. Reliability of measurement has been demonstrated. This study investigated the validity of the test for predicting pilot training criteria. The BVDT was administered to 226 naval aviation trainees during the latter part of their pre-flight training. After the subjects had either completed training or separated therefrom, the test results were evaluated for their relation to the following criteria 1 students separated from flight training for all causes vs. completions 2 tension andor airsick separations vs. all others and 3 airsick separations vs. all others. Relationships existed between high sensitivity scores on the BVDT and membership in the various separation groups. The airsick separation group had the highest mean score. Evidence indicates that the BVDT ratings tap a significant portion of the flight criterion variance not reached by the present prediction methods. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE