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Mitigation of Attentional Tunneling in the Flight Deck using a Spatial Auditory Display  (2018)
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The role of attentional bias to a specific form of information, e.g., visual versus aural instructions, was evaluated to address the issue of attentional fixation (i.e., "cognitive tunneling") in the flight deck. A method of mitigating attentional tunneling using a spatial auditory display was evaluated in the presence and absence of a biasing factor. Data were gathered for participant recognition, accuracy and response times to aural and visual instructions under different conditions of distractor stimuli. Results showed a significant main effect for target acquisition with the use of spatial audio techniques. No significant main effects or interactions were found for target acquisition timing. Target acquisition was not affected by a "gaming score" biasing factor associated with the distractor tasks.
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Attentional, Auditory, Deck, Display, Flight, Mitigation, Spatial, Tunneling
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NASA/TM-2018-219932
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Last Updated: August 15, 2019