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measuring moment-to-moment pilot workload using synchronous presentations of secondary tasks in a motion-base trainerA simulation was conducted to determine whether the sensitivity of secondary task measures of pilot workload could be improved by synchronizing their presentation to the occurrence of specific events or pilot actions. This synchronous method of presentation was compared to the more typical asynchronous method, where secondary task presentations are independent of pilot's flight-related activities. Twelve pilots flew low- and high-difficulty scenarios in a motion-base trainer with and without concurrent secondary tasks (e.g., choice reaction time and time production). The difficulty of each scenario was manipulated by the addition of 21 flight-related tasks superimposed on a standard approach and landing sequence. The insertion of the secondary tasks did not affect primary flight performance. However, secondary task performance did reflect workload differences between scenarios and among flight segments within scenarios, replicating the results of an earlier study in which the secondary tasks were presented asynchronously (Bortolussi et al., 1986).
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Bortolussi, Michael R.
(Western Aerospace Laboratories, Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Hart, Sandra G.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Shively, Robert J.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1987
Subject Category
Meeting Information
International Symposium on Aviation Psychology(Columbus, OH)
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