Accession Number:

ADA217106

Title:

The Acoustic Startle Response and Disruption of Aiming. 1. Effect of Stimulus Repetition, Intensity, and Intensity Changes

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

HUMAN ENGINEERING LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Report Date:

1989-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

Three experiments examined the disruption of perceptual motor performance by intense noise bursts. Subjects aimed a rifle at a fixed target for 15-s periods separated by 15 s of rest. This cycle was repeated 30 times in each of two series separated by a 15-min rest, each series containing five noise bursts. The noise bursts disrupted aiming for 1-2 s, an effect that increased with sound pressure level for 110, 120, and 130 dB stimuli. There was no difference between stimuli with energy centered on 250 Hz as opposed to 800 Hz. The effect diminished over the five bursts within the first series but not to zero and did not recover in the 15-min rest period. Some subjects received three days of testing in these cases the effect of the noise bursts partially recovered after rest intervals of 24 hrs and then seven days. Other subjects received 15 trials with 110-dB stimuli, then five more trials with 130-dB stimuli. The disruption of aiming by 130 dB stimuli was not reduced by prior exposure to 110-dB stimuli. Keywords Acoustic startle Disruption of aiming. jhd

Subject Categories:

  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE