Accession Number:

ADA361986

Title:

Target Identification Predictor Study: Visual, Cognitive, and Training Variables.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL

Report Date:

1999-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

The Target Identification Predictor Study TIPS was designed to determine the predictive utility of visual, cognitive, and training variables upon tracked vehicle identification performance within an operational context and to provide a reliable and valid basis for a model to select antitank gunner trainees. Regression analyses performed on the scores of 208 junior enlisted soldiers showed that scores from classroom vehicle identification training and scores on the Group Embedded Figures Test were significant predictors of identification skills. Thirty-three percent of the variability was predicted by this regression. A discriminant analysis showed that these three scores could be used to classify the soldiers into good or poor target identification groups. Results from a cross validation analysis correctly classified 8.9 percent of the soldiers, indicating that this classification scheme was highly reliable. Since target identification is a critical initial task within the engagement acquisition performance complex for many weapon systems, identification of predictors of superior target identification skills and the selection of individuals with these skills could be an important means of enhancing target acquisition effectiveness both directly and indirectly.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Target Direction, Range and Position Finding

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE