Using variable-rate alerting to counter boredom in human supervisory control

Conference Paper

A low task load, long duration experiment was conducted to evaluate the impact of cyclical attention switching strategies on operator performance in supervisory domains. The impetus for such a study stems from the lack of prior work to improve human-system performance in low task load supervisory domains through the use of design interventions. In this study, a design intervention in the form of auditory alerts is introduced and the effects of the alerts are examined. The test bed consists of a video game-like simulation environment, which allows a single opera-tor the ability to supervise multiple unmanned vehicles. Each participant in the study completed two different four hour sessions, with and without the alerts. The results suggest that the alerts can be useful for operators who are distracted for a considerable amount of time, but that the alerts may not be appropriate for operators who are able to sustain directed attention for prolonged periods. Copyright 2012 by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mkrtchyan, AA; MacBeth, JC; Solovey, ET; Ryan, JC; Cummings, ML

Published Date

  • December 1, 2012

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1441 - 1445

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1071-1813

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780945289418

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1071181312561406

Citation Source

  • Scopus