Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shooting Accuracy with Eyes Wide Shut

Applied ErgonomicsVolume 40, Issue 3, May 2009, Pages 500-508
Pistol shooting accuracy as dependent on experience, eyes being opened and available viewing time
Ravindra S. Goonetilleke, a, , Errol R. Hoffmanna and Wing Chung Laua
aHuman Performance Laboratory, Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong

A study of the shooting accuracy of three groups of pistol shooters is reported. The groups included (i) experienced gas pistol shooters; (ii) persons with experience in video shooting games; and (iii) persons with no shooting experience. The viewing time was varied in the tests. The results showed that experience had a significant effect on the mean and root mean square (RMS) shooting errors at the target. The results also showed that the viewing time does not need to exceed about 2 s for an experienced pistol shooter and about 3 s for a novice shooter to reach the best performance. Two models for the effects of limited viewing time are proposed; both models fit the data well when the viewing time is less than about 2 s. The results indicated that the differences occurring with varying levels of experience are due to postural balance and not due to the aiming or cognitive component of the task.
BrooklynDodger(s) comment: The abstract did not address eyes shut. The full text is probably worth reading, although eyes shut shooting has a certain risability from the title.

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