An evaluation of the effectiveness of color coded tactical symbology applied to military maps.
Moroney, William F.
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This thesis examined the effect of using color coded tactical symbology on military maps. It reviewed the basic aspects of color coding techniques and described a task paced experiment in which conventional monochrome (blue vs. red) coding techniques were compared to multiple color coding. The multicolor coded stimuli used were 5 standard symbols representing Artillery, Armor, Infantry, Mechanized Infantry and Engineers. The symbols were coded red, green, blue, orange and black respectively. The analysis of the data obtained from 20 subjects revealed that performance under multicolor coding condition was significantly superior with respect to response time, accuracy of response and accuracy of location transfer onto a copy of the displayed map.
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