Performance Consistency on a Perceptual-Motor Task as a Correlate of Achievement Motivation,
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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A series of studies involving Student Naval Aviators, Navl Flight Officers and Aviation Officer Candidates was conducted to determine whether consistency of performance on a perceptual-motor task was related in any way to scores on traditional pencil-and-paper tests of achievement motivation. The results indicated that a particular choice RT paradigm repeatedly resulted in correlations of 0.43 to 0.69 p 0.05 between performance consistency and TAT- based measures of achievement motivation and that the test-retest reliability of the consistency measure was on the order of 0.70. No other relationships appeared repeatedly throughout the five studies. A very limited validation study relating relevant measures with the ultimate performance consistency measure might be a useful supplement to existing selection tests in predicting success in flight training. It is recommended that additional research be conducted to replicate and refine the RT consistency measure with the ultimate goal being an objective measure of achievement motivation.