Accession Number:

AD0716767

Title:

Reliability and Validity of the Brief Vestibular Disorientation Test Compared under 10-RPM and 15-RPM Conditions,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL

Report Date:

1970-08-14

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

A Brief Vestibular Disorientation Test BVDT was developed that involves observer assessment of subjects reactions produced by head movements in a rotating chair. Reliability of observers has been demonstrated, and significant validation and cross-validation coefficients have been reported for criteria of pass versus various types of separations from pilot training. It has also been established that the BVDT score significantly augmented the multiple correlation of existing aviation selection variables with the same criteria. The purpose of this study was to determine if reliability, validity, and augmentation of correlation could be obtained with less disturbance to the subject than that caused by the 15-rpm speed of rotation used thus far in the BVDT. Reduced disturbance and aftereffects are desired because the BVDT is now envisioned as becoming part of the entering flight physical, and procedures that might either impair performance on the other tests or require recovery periods must be held at a minimum. The BVDT procedure used here was identical to two previous studies except that a speed of 10-rpm was used instead of 15-rpm. Subjects were 157 flight students who were tested within the first four days of reporting for training. It was concluded, that the 10-rpm BVDT was a feasible procedure. It was also concluded that, because the mean score for the 10-rpm group was lower than the mean for either of the two 15-rpm groups used previously, subject disturbance had been reduced. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE