Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research

Faculty Funded Work

The Relationship between Movement and Memory: The Effect of Finger Pointing on Improving Memory for Location with Aviation Pilots

Thomas A. Bristow, Psy.D., ABN
Psychology

ABSTRACT

This research project is based on the neuropsychological and theoretical position that movement and cognitions are interconnected; and that thinking evolved from movement so animals could refine their survival abilities. This research project is designed to assess whether movement, such as finger pointing, effects primarily the cognition of memory for location, and secondarily semantic memory (memory for things or objects). I am hypothesizing that when movement, such as finger pointing, is implemented in a task of memory for location, an individual will be able to recall more numbers (semantic memory) and also place those numbers in their correct locations. The participants in this study are commercial, aviation pilots. Aviation pilots were chosen as the group of interest since their job requires multitasking which includes the ability of knowing "what" something is (number), and "where" something is (location). This research project contributes to the knowledge concerning cockpit dynamics and behavior of pilots.