A helping hand: Benefits of primary task haptic augmentation on secondary visuospatial task performance

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The quality of pilot decision making remains a significant determinant of recent aviation incidents and accidents. With the development of haptic stick inputs pilots have additional sensory cues to aid in the decision making process. Limited experimental research has investigated the impact of directional haptic cues, delivered via side stick devices, on user performance and subjective workload. The current experiment examines the performance and workload benefits granted by augmenting a visual dual-task with haptic information in a sample of eleven participants. The current visual dual-task experiment consisted of 1) a primary manual error cancellation tracking task and 2) a secondary visuospatial memory N-back task. The haptic implementation in the current study involved the provision of corrective directional “nudges” on the tracking task, conditionally delivered when participants breached a prescribed error margin.
The primary finding was that haptic feedback on the tracking task improved visuospatial memory performance on the secondary N-back task. Importantly, no increase in workload was reported in tandem with the observed visuospatial memory enhancement offered by the haptic cues. Future research should review the impacts of randomizing the signal speed as seen in turbulence situations and changes to peripheral ranges with performance of eye time on task.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI International 2023 – Late Breaking Papers
EditorsMasaaki Kurosu, Ayako Hashizume, Aaron Marcus, Elizabeth Rosenzweig, Marcelo M. Soares, Don Harris, Wen-Chin Li, Dylan D. Schmorrow, Cali M. Fidopiastis, Pei-Luen Patrick Rau
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783031480386
ISBN (Print)9783031480379
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Nov 2023
Event25th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
- Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 23 Jul 202328 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume14054 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference25th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleHCI International 2023
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  • Haptics
  • Active Stick
  • dual-task performance
  • workload


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