Accession Number:

ADA080377

Title:

Operator Decision-Making Characteristics.

Descriptive Note:

Technical publication Jul 78-Jul 79,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

83.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this report is to review the operators decision-making characteristics as a first step in developing decision aids for the air-to-ground combat environment. Both formal and empirical models of decision-making are discussed. Four components of decision-making information selection, probability estimation, worth assessment, and action selection are identified. Empirical results from laboratory and real-world studies are used to characterize operator performance for each of these components of decision-making. The results indicate that the operator is best characterized in terms of empirical, rather than normative, models of decision-making. In particular, models based on heuristic processes seem to best characterize operator performance. Heuristic processes are rules used by the operator which simplify the decision situation and result in predictable errors.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE