Differentiating cognitive complexity and cognitive load in high and low demand flight simulation tasks

Jemma Harris*, Mark Wiggins, Ben Morrison, Natalie Morrison

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Abstract

In the contemporary workplace, the design of interfaces has a significant impact on the cognitive demands experienced by operators. Previous approaches to the assessment of these designs have relied on measures of cognitive load to infer the level of cognitive demand imposed. Assessments of cognitive complexity may offer a complimentary measure of the demands of the task as they take into account the inherent nature of the task, rather than idiosyncrasies of the operator. Two studies are reported that examined the information acquisition behavior of pilots in response to a series of simulated flight sequences involving different levels of cognitive complexity. Information acquisition was recorded using an eye tracker. Taken together, the results suggest that assessments of the complexity of a task should be employed as a benchmark in task assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer-Human Interaction. Cognitive Effects of Spatial Interaction, Learning, and Ability
Subtitle of host publication25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia, November 25-29, 2013. Revised and Extended Papers
EditorsTheodor Wyeld, Paul Calder, Haifeng Shen
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages133-150
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319169408
ISBN (Print)9783319169392
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201329 Nov 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Volume8433
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period25/11/1329/11/13

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Keywords

  • Aviation
  • Cognitive complexity
  • Cognitive load
  • Eye movement
  • System design

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Harris, J., Wiggins, M., Morrison, B., & Morrison, N. (2015). Differentiating cognitive complexity and cognitive load in high and low demand flight simulation tasks. In T. Wyeld, P. Calder, & H. Shen (Eds.), Computer-Human Interaction. Cognitive Effects of Spatial Interaction, Learning, and Ability: 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia, November 25-29, 2013. Revised and Extended Papers (pp. 133-150). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 8433). Cham: Springer, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16940-8_7