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Identification of the Potential Characteristics, Aptitudes, and Acquired Skills Involved in Human Detection of Mines
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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The report summarizes findings from three research tasks comprising Project IDENTIFY. In the first phase, a job model for human mine detection was developed, a psychological analysis of the mine and boobytrap detection process was conducted, and literature on the individual differences involved in visual discrimination was reviewed. From the information developed, 24 individual different variables were identified as potential predictors of mine and boobytrap detection performance. In the second phase, predictor measures for mine and boobytrap detection were developed and validated. The results of the validation showed that mine and boobytrap detection was primarily dependent upon search speed and the effort that appeared to be expended during search. Also, detection rates and distances were computed for each type of mine employed during the validation. In the third phase, personnel selection and training methods for mine and boobytrap detection were identified and recommended.
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