Management Of Cognitive Load While Flying

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Cognitive Demand
Through the combined influences of experience and information processing, a model of cognitive ability and workload is presented. An increased cognitive workload has the ability to lead aircrews into a degraded perception of the events unfolding within the cockpit, creating an environment of miscommunication and confusion (Gibb et al., 2010). When the operational environment an aircrew is experiencing becomes too demanding, individuals expose their natural reactions due to the pressure involved. Normal reactions include a heightened sense of awareness and production, while negative reactions range from abnormal behavior to disengaging from the cockpit entirely (FAA, 2008). Typical remedies to unusual behavior are focused around additional training and learning from experience (Gibb et al., 2010).
Despite all the precedent that supports experience acting as a risk mitigation tool, that’s not always the case with regard to automation. Automation has the ability to assist with the management of cognitive load while flying, although many studies have been completed in an attempt to understand the dynamics that certain aspects of automation have in the cockpit, and the potential it has to develop into a hazard rather than an asset (Geiselman et al., 2013).
Impact of Automation on Perception
Classification of Automation
Although automation has steadily increased it’s impact on the modern cockpit in recent years, human factors still play a vital role in ensuring…
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