Psychomotor and Perceptual Abilities and Skilled Performance
Final rept. 15 Feb 96-14 Dec 97
MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The research in this project is aimed at three broad approaches to development and assessment of psychomotor and perceptual speed ability predictors of skilled performance The first approach takes advantage of computerized touch panel device for assessment of a series of psychomotor abilities. The second approach links individual differences in psychomotor abilities with perceptual speed abilities, which have been shown to be important predictors of the acquisition of skilled performance. The third approach evaluates the new test batteries for predicting individual differences in complex task performance. The program of research is proceeding on schedule, in that the touchpanel technology has been acquired, seven new families of psychomotor tests have been developed and subjected to empirical assessment, and perceptual speed tests have been developed and incorporated into a larger aptitude ability framework. The new tests show substantial promise in accounting for important sources of performance variance, and are currently being subjected to validation trials for complex task performance criteria.