Performance and cognition in dynamic environments: the development of a new tool to assist practitioners

Jemma M. Harris, Mark W. Wiggins, Scott Taylor, Matthew J W Thomas

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Successful performance in complex operating environments requires that operators function with a level of profi ciency in cognitive skills such as situation awareness, planning, problem-solving, and decision-making. However, assessing the application of these skills within the operational environment has been diffi cult, to the extent that their application is often simply inferred on the basis of a set of behavioural responses. The broad aim of the present study is to develop a tool to identify the application of cognitive skills within the applied environment. Twenty-one experienced airline pilots participated in a series of cognitive interviews in which they were asked to describe the tasks that they engage during a fl ight. Preliminary analyses suggest that different phases of fl ight are associated with different levels of cognitive complexity and can be used as a basis to test the validity of a cognitive assessment tool.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultimodal safety management and human factors
Subtitle of host publicationcrossing the borders of medical, aviation, road and rail industries
EditorsJosé M. Anca
Place of PublicationAldershot, UK
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780754685937
ISBN (Print)9780754670216
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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