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Hesitation in tracking induced by a concurrent manual taskWhen people are required to track with one hand and perform occasional discrete responses with the other hand, there is a strong possibility that errors will be induced in tracking attributable to the simultaneous action by the other. This problem was investigated by pairing pursuit tracking (right hand) with a handle movement response (left hand) guided by an auditory stimulus. Tracking is assumed to represent flight control and the left hand response to represent other aspects of aircraft system management. The general goal of this research is to identify the types of errors induced into tracking by the requirement of a secondary response with the other hand. An attempt is reported to determine if hesitations can be reduced further by combining tracking emphasis with a higher degree of practice. It is concluded that there is a tendency to freeze the tracking response when a discrete simultaneous response is required of the other hand. By contrast, practice seems to reduce hesitations while also improving left hand reaction time. Thus there appears to be a mode of control which permits tracking and discrete simultaneous responses to occur together.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Kelly, P. A.
(California State Univ. Hayward, CA, United States)
Klapp, S. T.
(California State Univ. Hayward, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1986
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Research Center, 21st Annual Conference on Manual Control
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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