ASSESSMENT OF THE PERFORMANCE EFFECTS OF THE STRESSES OF SPACE FLIGHT,
AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The performance capabilities of the aerospace vehicle operator must be measured so that the possible deleterious effects of the space environment can be detected at the earliest possible point in a space mission. The information obtained from such measures can also be used to delineate the quality of mans contribution to system effectiveness and the data may also be generalizable to other potential space vehicle missions. It is argued that optimal generality and sensitivity of such performance measures will result from the use of a synthetic task complex. This complex should require the operator to time-share among tasks representative of the psychological functions to be exercised by the man in the kinds of systems to which generalizations are to be made. The criteria to be met by such tasks are listed, and a particular synthetic task complex is described. Some evidence regarding the sensitivity of these tasks to changes in operator functioning is offered.
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