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Head-Up Displays and Attention CaptureThe primary role of head-up displays (HUDs) is to provide primary flight, navigation, and guidance information to the pilot in a forward field-of-view on a head-up transparent screen. Therefore, this theoretically allows for optimal control of an aircraft through the simultaneous scanning of both instrument data and the out-the-window scene. However, despite significant aviation safety benefits afforded by HUDs, a number of accidents have shown that their use does not come without costs. The human factors community has identified significant issues related to the pilot distribution of near and far domain attentional resources because of the compellingness of symbology elements on the HUD; a concern termed, attention or cognitive capture. The paper describes the phenomena of attention capture and presents a selected survey of the literature on the etiology and potential prescriptions.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Prinzel, Lawrence J., III
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Risser, Matthew
(Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 2004
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
OTHER: L-18450
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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