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Subjective Workload Assessment and Voluntary Control of Effort in a Tracking TaskA manual control tracking task was manipulated along two dimensions: (1) control order and (2) forcing function bandwidth. In the first phase of the experiment subjective workload assessments were collected. It was found that subjective assessments of workload were closely associated with performance in the case of increasing control order, but not in the case of increasing bandwidth. This was interpreted as indicating that subjective workload assessments are most appropriate for the study of increasing difficulty centered in response selection processes as opposed to response execution processes. In the second phase of the experiment the subjects were asked to voluntarily limit the effort they applied in the performance of the tracking task. The results indicate that the subjects were quite facile in doing this. However, comparison of these data to the findings of other studies that manipulated effort via dual-task biasing indicate that effort manipulation is much more potent in a single-task configuration. This finding is discussed in terms of multiple resource theories of attentional capacity. The utility of an analysis of covariance procedure in studying the relationships between subjective ratings and performance is highlighted.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Vidulich, M. A.
(Illinois Univ. Urbana-Champaign, IL, United States)
Wickens, C. D.
(Illinois Univ. Urbana-Champaign, IL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Research Center 20th Ann. Conf. on Manual Control, Vol. 2
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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