Accession Number:

ADP006097

Title:

The Neuroelectric Selection of Naval Aviation Personnel: An Evaluation,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL

Report Date:

1988-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

The problem of devising rational means to select candidates for flight has been with us for over 75 years now. It has become more important as aircraft have become more complicated and training more expensive. Selection for flight in the U.S. Navy is based on considerations of academic histories, written tests, physical examinations, and biographical information. The net effect is a substantial improvement over random selection. Nevertheless, perhaps 30 of those who enter flight training do not finish 1. Hence there is continuing interest in improving the selection process. Possibly the first attempt to use the EEG to forecast the performance of naval aviators was carried out by Alexander Forbes and Hallowell Davis as a part of the Pensacola Study of Naval Aviators of 1940-1941 2,3.1 Forbes and Davis examined the electroencephalograms EEGs of several hundred Navy flight candidates for signs of epilepsy. They found no reliable association between the presence of minor EEG abnormalities and later flight performance. js

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE