Biotechnology Predictors of Physical Security Personnel Performance,
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The military services depend heavily on paper-and-pencil testing to evaluate personnel. Such testing is able to predict school and training performance fairly well, but not on-job performance. On-job performance places heavy demands on right hemisphere brain processing spatial, integrative, simultaneous in addition to left hemisphere processing verbal, analytical which paper-and-pencil testing primarily measures. This Center has been investigating the feasibility of directly assessing brain functions using event related brain potential ERP recordings to improve the prediction of on-job performance. Promising results have been found in relating ERP data to the performance. Promising results have been found in relating ERP data to the performance of pilots, radar intercept officers, antisubmarine warfare trainees and basic recruit trainees. Under Defense Nuclear Agency funding, this Center recently undertook FY81 a research project to determine the feasibility of using biotechnology measures e.g., ERP to improve the prediction of physical security personnel performance reliability. Predicting the tolerance to stressduress is of particular interest. Project plans and progress are reviewed in this presentation.