Accession Number:

ADA071085

Title:

Effective Training for Target Identification Under Degraded Conditions

Descriptive Note:

Technical paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

This experiment explored the relevance of the psychological concept of overshadowing to military target identification training. The concept predicts that the most outstanding distinctive feature of a target will capture the attention of the trainee, who will pay little attention to other features. This prediction implies that soldiers will have a difficult time identifying degraded targets unless specifically trained on degraded targets. The experimental procedure was to force attention on more and more features of the targets by progressively covering the outstanding features. Results confirmed the relevance of overshadowing and suggested that most training should concentrate on degraded views. Psychologists interested in perception and in military target identification training are the intended audience for this report.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE