Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. John Newton


Man's propensity for solving complex non-linear operations during continuous tracking is high. If the situation demands it he can readily learn to differentiate a displayed signal after the mechanism he is controlling has integrated it. If the tracking is made more and more complicated, however, accuracy falls off rapidly and learning time increases. For any specific task, it is usually possible to design a machine to assume the human operator's functions, but it is not always desirable to replace a man with another machine in a complex tracking task. Non-linear automatic systems are difficult and expensive to build. Most important, however, they are usually restricted to one application and do not share man's flexibility. For practicality and economy, then, it is desirable to try to simplify the operator's task in situations that call for more accuracy than a man ordinarily gives.


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Psychology University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Roger P. Dooley November, 1962

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