Effects of High Altitude and Heat on Simulated Artillery Fire Detection Center Tasks,
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MASS
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This study reports an attempt to bridge the gap between the psychological literature and one military system, the artillery FDC. The approach uses an experimental model, firmly rooted in basic science, which has as its dependent variables performance of actual FDC tasks in simulated, but, nevertheless, realistic experimental settings. In this model, the impact of the independent variables, heat and altitude, is assessed by comparison of performance under those conditions with performance under optimum conditions. The real tasks used are conceptualized according to their psychological dimensions, such as analytical thinking, psychomotor performance or short-term memory.
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