Differentiating cognitive complexity and cognitive load in high and low demand flight simulation tasks

Jemma Harris, Mark Wiggins, Ben Morrison, Natalie Morrison

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In the contemporary workplace, the design of interfaces has a significant impact on the cognitive demands experienced by operators. Previous approaches to the assessment of these designs have relied on measures of cognitive load to infer the level of cognitive demand imposed. Assessments of cognitive complexity may offer a complimentary measure of the demands of the task as they take into account the inherent nature of the task, rather than idiosyncrasies of the operator. Two studies are reported that examined the information acquisition behavior of pilots in response to a series of simulated flight sequences involving different levels of cognitive complexity. Information acquisition was recorded using an eye tracker. Taken together, the results suggest that assessments of the complexity of a task should be employed as a benchmark in task assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer-Human Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationCognitive Effects of Spatial Interaction, Learning, and Ability - 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013, Revised and Extended Papers
EditorsTheodor Wyeld, Paul Calder, Haifeng Shen
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319169392
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2015
Event25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013 - Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201329 Nov 2013

Publication series

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


Conference25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013
Abbreviated titleAugmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration
OtherOzCHI is the annual non-profit conference of CHISIG (www.chisig.org), the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia inc, and is Australia's leading forum for work in all areas of Human-Computer Interaction.

OzCHI attracts an international community of practitioners, researchers, academics and students from a wide range of disciplines including user experience designers, information architects, software engineers, human factors experts, information systems analysts, social scientists and managers. We also welcome perspectives from design, architecture engineering, planning, social science and creative industries among other disciplines.

OzCHI conference proceedings are published by the ACM. We invite original contributions on all topics related to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) including practical, technical, methodological, empirical and theoretical aspects. The conference theme, “Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration", reflects a variety of technical and social challenges in designing and deploying human-centred computer applications through augmenting our daily lives with innovative interaction and collaboration technologies.
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