Accession Number:

AD0738788

Title:

The Effect of Alcohol and Noise on Components of a Tracking and Monitoring Task,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ROYAL NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH COMMITTEE LONDON (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1969-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The study examines the effects of alcohol and noise on a complex tracking and signal detection task with particular reference to changes in selective attention. The operator was instructed to give the tracking task priority. In noise, tracking performance improved, but detection of lights placed on the periphery of vision was degraded. Alcohol had the same effect on peripheral detection but tracking performance fell. It was concluded that the effect of alcohol on such simulated driving skills embodied two factors the first an increase in attentional bias towards the high priority regions of the visual field, and the second a decrease in the information transmission rate. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE