Personality Variables as Predictors of Performance on a Prolonged Monitoring Task.
TEXAS TECH UNIV LUBBOCK
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The study of ones ability to maintain attention over a prolonged period of time has been of particular interest since increased technology has reduced mans role in many systems to that of a monitor. In many industrial and military situation, mans physical activities have been reduced while attentional demands have been reduced while attentional demands have been increased. Radar and sonar monitors, during World War II, were some of the first operators to experience this unique demand. The primary concern of this study was to determine if certain personality types might be superior monitors on a visual vigilance task than other personality types. More specifically, the aim of this investigation was to determine if the variables need achievement, internal-external locus of control, and field dependence-independence could be used as predictors of performance on a visual vigilance task.