Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Dooley, Roger P., "Transfer of Training Between Tracking Tasks Employing Quickened and Unquickened Displays" (1962). Student Work. 2373.
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