Attention Control and Performance Across Varying Levels of Imperfect Automation
Event Type
TimeWednesday, October 12th4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
LocationPoster Gallery
DescriptionIntroducing high-level automation can improve performance and reduce safety concerns. However, an irony of automation is that as systems assume a greater more complex role, the operator becomes out of the loop. Automation failures can thus result in catastrophic outcomes. Research has shown that individuals’ ability to notice and recover from these failures may be related to differences in cognition, such as working memory. However, investigations into the relationship between working memory and performance with automation have demonstrated mixed results. Early research has indicated that attention control may be a stronger predictor of performance. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the role of AC, as measured by improved tasks, when using varying levels of imperfect automation. Our results demonstrated a positive correlation between attentional control and performance with low-level automation but not when using high-level automation.