Quiet eye training improves small arms maritime marksmanship
American Psychological Association
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from American Psychological Association via http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/mil0000039.
© 2014 American Psychological Association. 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.
This research was supported by a grant (TIN 3.012) from the Defence Human Capability Science & Technology Centre, UK. The authors would like to thank Will Twinney and Andew Green for their assistance with data collection.
Vol. 26, Iss. 5 - 6, pp. 355 - 365