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The Psychological Dimensions of Camouflaged Imagery
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIV FORT WORTH INST FOR THE STUDY OF COGNITIVE SYSTEMS
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The major purpose of this research project was to develop a methodology for evaluating the effectiveness of camouflaging techniques. The present research approached the problem from a psychological perspective and incorporated a recent, sophisticated procedure, multidimensional scaling, for data analysis. The focus of this report concerns an actual methodology to be applied in a field or laboratory setting with later computer analysis of the data. The present research was restricted to visual as opposed to IFR or radar observations. The methods described in this report are applicable to virtually all types of camouflaged objects or soldiers in any setting which is sufficiently stable for repeated judgments to be made on the objects over a period. Both direct field observations or second-order observations of photographic materials provided suitable data. Of the numerous variables as the project bibliography indicated which influence camouflage the two most distinct tasks are identification and detection. Thus hindering detection and increasing the difficulty of identification are the two purposes considered in this report.
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