Perception vs. Reality: Improving Mission Commander Decision-Making Capabilities by use of Heart Rate Zone Feedback in Training Environments
Date of Award
Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Edward D. White, PhD.
In the military environment, it is common for commanders to rely exclusively on perceptional information (e.g., visual observations) to make decisions on their personnel’s physical capabilities. There is little evidence to support the idea that the information provided by physiological feedback technology, typically made available to the individual visually, could improve assessments and decision-making capabilities of outside observers (e.g., mission commander in a remote location). Through experimental examination this research shows that commanders who have Heart Rate Zone (HRZ) biofeedback information about their Airmen by use of physiological technology were able to more accurately predict the level of effort and how much longer their Airmen were able to continue an AF relevant endurance activity (e.g., rucksack march) than those commanders without the biofeedback information.
DTIC Accession Number
Oviatt, Caitlin M., "Perception vs. Reality: Improving Mission Commander Decision-Making Capabilities by use of Heart Rate Zone Feedback in Training Environments" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 783.