Gloved Operator Performance Study. The Effects of Hand Wear and Elastic Resistance of a Control During Tracking Performance.
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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This study was to test the effects of wearing gloves during tracking performance at different levels of elastic resistance in a control. Forty-eight undergraduate students served as subjects. Each group contained 16 subjects, one group for each level of control resistance. The control was a spring-centered displacement joystick with resistance settings of 0,12 and 1702. All subjects performed a compensatory tracking task both bare-handed and while wearing a leather and wool glove assembly. Results indicated that a wearing gloves is detrimental to tracking performance for female subjects, b female subjects do not benefit from additional exposure to the task before performing the task with gloves as do male subjects, c high control resistance may have been beneficial for female subjects during the gloved condition, and d small handed female subjects do not perform as well as medium and large handed female subjects, nor as well as male subjects.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems