CENTEC Investigators in the Press

Learning to control multiple unmanned vehicles (UVs), as in many military and civilian systems, is challenging. Consequently, there is a need for new methods of selection and training of human operators of such systems. CENTEC investigators have recently shown that the COMT gene, which influences dopamine release in the prefrontal cortex, interacts with training in operator performance in supervisory control of multiple UVs, They found that individuals with the Met/Met allele of the COMT gene showed the greatest skill acquisition in learning to control 6 UVs. These results suggest that individualized training methods can be developed for operators of multi-UV systems. The article appears in Parasuraman et al. (2013), Human Factors, doi: 1177/0018720813510736.See http://hfs.sagepub.com.mutex.gmu.edu/