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The mission of the Cognition Lab at NASA Ames Research Center is to develop computational models for assessing throughput and error rates of human performance.
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Research on limitations of human information processing
Display design, assessment and use in aerospace applications, informed by human attention and multi-tasking
Assessment of impact of Free-Flight (routeless direct flight Air Traffic Control concept)
Do Heads-Up-Displays avoid attention problems
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** The Cognition Lab at NASA Ames Research Center is no longer active. This website is being provided purely as a historical reference. **

The Cognition Laboratory is a part of the Human-Automation Integration Research Branch at NASA Ames Research Center. We conduct research which involves modeling the human operator in human-machine systems and experiments on normal human perceptual and cognitive processes. Current modeling efforts focus on the task of the human operator in Air Traffic Control. Experiments range from basic to applied research. All experiments are administered via computer, with participants watching the monitor and answering by using a keyboard, mouse or joystick. Examples of experiments include attentional control, dual-tasking, and the detection of conflicts in an Air Traffic Control display.
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Curator: Phil So
NASA Official: James Johnston
Last Updated: March 11, 2021