Brief Description of Technology
The research is aimed at the solution of a fundamental problem that lies at the junction of psychology, physiology of sensor systems and biological physics – and is also connected to the objective determination of the sensor aptitude of man affecting his ability to adapt to a natural and technogenic environment. The novelty of the approach suggested is associated with the fact that the link between a stimulus and sensation is determined not by statistic processing on subjective answers of the examinee Tech Area / Field concerning the presence or absence of the stimulus sensation, or concerning the difference between two related stimuli, but by studying a link between an instrumentally measured error in the solution of the control problem and the value of the stimulus that serves as a control signal. Thus, the possibility is shown of using (at least for a muscle analyzer) a psycho-physical sensor scale, which was empirically verified more than a century ago by Helmholz, Weber and Fechner.
The present research is continued with support derived from the Russian Fund for Fundamental Research (Grant 97-06-80286). Muscle and acoustic systems were taken as objects Tech Area / Field for the investigation. Such a choice is explained by the fact that, during the last decade, we witnessed a rapid development of ergonomic studies in the field of designing, constructing and testing of man/machine systems (including man/computer systems) and microprocessor systems intended to control the operation of prostheses of different organs. These fast-operation methods are expected to facilitate the development of new man/machine interfaces having both a system capable of diagnosing the state of the human sensor sphere, and optimizing the interaction between a man and a machine (prostheses with microprocessor control Tech Area / Field included).
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