Quiet eye training improves small arms maritime marksmanship

Moore, Lee J and Vine, Samuel J and Smith, Adam N and Smith, Sarah J and Wilson, Mark R (2014) Quiet eye training improves small arms maritime marksmanship. Military Psychology, 26 (5-6). pp. 355-365. ISSN 0899-5605

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Abstract

Quiet eye training—teaching task-specific gaze control—has been consistently shown to optimize the acquisition of motor skills. The present study aimed to examine the potential benefits of a quiet eye training intervention in a simulated maritime marksmanship task that involved shooting fast approaching moving targets with a decommissioned general-purpose machine gun. Twenty participants were randomly assigned to a quiet eye trained (QET) or technical trained (TT) group and completed 2 baseline, 20 training, and 2 retention trials on the moving-target task. Compared to their TT counterparts, the QET group displayed more effective gaze control (longer quiet eye durations and greater target locking) and more accurate performance (smaller radial error of both the initial shot and average of all shots) at retention. These findings highlight the potential for quiet eye training to be used to support the training of marksmanship skills in military settings.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Marksmanship training,
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Sport and Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Lee Moore
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 11:12
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2017 16:30
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2880

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