Development of the Multi-Tasking Ability Test (MTAT)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$740,366.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-04-C-0405
Agency Tracking Number:
O022-0087
Solicitation Year:
2002
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD02-CR07
Solicitation Number:
2002.2
Small Business Information
ANACAPA SCIENCES, INC.
301 East Carrillo Street 2FL, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
053859526
Principal Investigator:
Susan Fischer
Principal Scientist
(805) 966-6157
sfischer@anacapasciences.com
Business Contact:
Douglas Harris
President
(805) 966-6157
dharris@anacapasciences.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The central goal of research is to develop a commercial test of multi-tasking (MT) ability. The proposed test's utility would be to predict performance in real-world environments that demand high levels of MT activity. In so doing, individuals who are likely to perform well may be selected for employment or assigned to these environments, thereby reducing existing high training costs and attrition that often accompanies MT jobs. The test development stage of the research comprises five tasks, corresponding to five experiments. Each of the five experiments is designed to address a particular research issue whose resolution is called for by current standards for psychological and educational tests. The test validation stage comprises two tasks designed to investigate the construct and criterion validity of the test, respectively, and a third task that will create a commercially viable test.

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