Task pre-loading: Designing adaptive systems to counteract mental underload

M.S. Young, S.A. Birrell, S. Davidsson

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Abstract

The concept of 'pre-loading' is introduced as a potential means of countering mental underload by giving the operator an additional, task-related activity during times of low workload to maintain their attention. A driving simulator study was conducted to evaluate this concept with a view to designing adaptive systems around a preloading activity. 27 participants drove in a simulator under low and normalworkload conditions, with and without pre-loading. Although none of the objective performance metrics showed significant differences, pre-loading did significantly increase subjective mental workload. The results are interpreted with respect to implications for underload theories as well as experimental design recommendations for future research in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011
PublisherCRC Press
Pages168-175
ISBN (Print)9780415675734
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011 - Stoke Rochford, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Apr 201114 Apr 2011

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityStoke Rochford
Period12/04/1114/04/11

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    Young, M. S., Birrell, S. A., & Davidsson, S. (2011). Task pre-loading: Designing adaptive systems to counteract mental underload. In Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011 (pp. 168-175). CRC Press.