Transfer Of Training With Simulated Aircraft Dynamics: III. Variations In Course Complexity And Amplitude

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Report Number: WADD TR 60-615 (III)
Author(s): Muckler, F. A., Hanlon, W. H., Serio, F. P., Rockway, M. R., Obermayer, R. W.
Corporate Author(s): Aviation Psychology Laboratory University Of Illinois
Laboratory: Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1961-12
Pages: 22
Contract: AF 33(616)-2725
DoD Project: 7197
DoD Task: 71635
Identifier: AD0278623

This report is the third in a series of experiments dealing with transfer of training as a function of simulated aircraft longitudinal dynamics. Subjects performed single dimension compensatory tracking with long period (phugoid) oscillatory control system dynamics. Two experiments are reported dealing with changes in course complexity and amplitude of the experimental stimulus forcing function. Increasing course complexity was found to substantially affect transfer of training, but not training performance. Increasing course amplitude markedly affected training performance, but not transfer of training. In general, transfer effects were greater from less difficult to more difficult task conditions. These results are superficially inconsistent with previously reported studies. However, many of the phenomena are directly attributable to the presence of complex system dynamics which were absent in prior studies.

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