Lab 9: Bimanual Knob Rotation Frequency and Hypothesis Testing with EXCEL

Background:  Your goal here is to use LabVIEW's frequency analysis feature to determine the maximum rate you can rotate back and forth potentiometer knobs on a chassis box. In the process, you will acquire two waveforms simultaneously.

With the data you and others collect you will test the hypothesis that in-phase bimanual control of the knobs is faster than alternate phase rotation (terms defined below, and see chpt 7 of Tom McMahon's Muscles, Reflexes and Locomotion).

Scan selected chapters (7, 10) from Loftus & Loftus, Essence of Statistics. Read lecture notes on hypothesis testing.

Requirements:
Inspect one of the open chassis cases, with the two potentiometers inside, leading out to white binding posts. Notice how a reference voltage can be connected to the chassis, and how the reference goes to voltage dividers including the potentiometers.

(1) Power your chassis box with 5-10 volts from the triple output power supply. Use your digital mulitmeter to see the range of voltage outputs as you turn the potentiometer knobs.

You need to hook up the voltage divider outputs to two analog channel screw terminals on the green DAQ board connector block, so your signals can be read by your LabVIEW VI. Consider connecting to analog channels 1 and 2.

(2) Acquire knob-turning waveforms from the two potentiometer simultaneously and display the function-of-time waveforms as two different colors on one graph on your VI front panel.

Acquire the waveforms for a duration long enough to insure 0.1Hz frequency resolution after FFT, and with a high enough sample rate to insure that 20Hz can be observed without aliasing. Arrange that the time and frequency axes of the waveforms are properly labeled.

More details about what "knob rotation" means: The subject is required to keep his or her thumb on knob during rotation. Also it is not allowed to wrap sticky tape on the knob. We are expecting that knob rotation will involve movement of the wrists and or fingers, not the shoulders only.

(3) Send ONE of the knob turning waveforms through a spectrum analyzer, for display as a third graph on your front panel. Arrange that the frequency axis on the graph is properly label. Make sure that any DC in the signal is subtracted away before going to the Power Spectrum icon (same one called for in Lab 6).

We will want to see that you can read off frequency to the nearest 0.1 Hz. To improve readability, make your frequency graph as wide as possible, and have tick marks every 0.1Hz, and have "x" marks through the spectrum data points.

(4) Perform a series of experiments with you and your lab partner (and any other "volunteers" you can find...) of alternate phase and in-phase rotation of the knobs, and rotating one knob at a time (with dominant and non-dominant hand). Motivate your subjects to go as fast as they can. Make sure the knob box doesn't rattle around while the knobs are being turned. In room 095 we have clamps for your use. Use vises to secure your box during subject testing. Instruct your subjects to turn the knobs without going to the limits of their rotation. INCLUDE results from JDD and a TA in your data base. At the end of the ALT-PHASE test of each subject inspect the simultaneous time-base waveforms to make sure the subject did NOT switch to IN PHASE timing to speed up.

(5) Type your data as columns into an EXCEL spreadsheet, to the nearest 0.1 Hertz. Inspect your data to see if it is "reasonable". Compare for each subject the IN PHASE(IP) speed and the non-dominant(ND) hand speed. Are any subjects slower for ND than IP? How can that make sense, since the ND hand must have been going at the speed of the IP result? Try it just rotating your wrists in the air in front of you, going IN PHASE, the stopping the dominant hand. What does the ND hand do at that point?

(5b) In Excel, use TTEST function or go to Data Analysis under the Tools menu, and select the appropriate t-test. Report on the significance of the differences of IN phase vs ALT phase, and dominant vs non-dominant hand.

(5c) Also test dominant and non-dominant vs IN-PHASE rotation. Do you see any significant differences?

(6) Are any of your results significant at the 5% level? 1% level? What's the difference between one-tail and two tail testing? Here is a website that helps interpret the EXCEL display of t-test results.

(7) What is the correlation between the data for IN PHASE and ALT PHASE for your subjects? The correlation between DOMINANT and NON-DOMINANT HAND? Use "Pearson" function in EXCEL.

FTQ for 2009-10: We will give in class a URL on the EN123 website that will locate a one-question take-home quiz. The quiz will involve understanding topics from lecture, including the binomial distribution, Poisson distribution, normal distribution, t-test, and correlation.

Reading: The lectures notes on Hypothesis Testing, and the selected parts of the Loftus and Loftus book, chpt 7-10..

You should use in the knob rotation VI the "Acquire Waveforms" icon, which has special needs for conversion of its output to a form that can be processed by Power Spectrum. See VI suggestion below:


Alternate vs in-phase: In-phase means that both hands are mirror images of each other during rotation; the same muscles are being used in each arm for IN-PHASE. Alternate phase rotation means that both hands are rotating the knobs CW or CCW at the same time.

See Tom McMahon, Muscles, Reflexes and Locomotion, chpt 7.

Scoring: For the lab itself you can be signed off by showing the data from your subjects and the significances of your results: 6 points. Getting the correct answer the first time on the Stat Quiz will get you another 6 points. If you need a second chance at the Stat Quiz, you can receive at most 4 quiz points.