Revealing the effects of increased workload and distraction on the pilot's situation awareness neurobehavioral activities

Qinbiao Li, Kam Hung Ng, Siu Tung Chu, Tsz Yan Lau, Chi Hang Leung

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View Video Presentation: enhanced the development of the air transportation industry by connecting the international market, but such development also resulted in the number of aviation accidents increasing proportionally, of which 'pilot error', likely caused by low situation awareness (SA) associated with increased workload and distraction, is one of the leading causes of aviation accidents. As a result, an experiment with the usage of the SA probe and EEG was conducted to reveal the effects of increased workload and distraction on the captain’s SA activity, in addition to finding out the high/low SA neurobehavioral patterns under different work conditions (normal operation, inattention, and overload). The results show maintaining a high level of SA activity is negatively impacted by the other two factors. Meanwhile, high/low SA neurobehavioral patterns slightly differ based on the various work conditions, such as distraction tasks requiring more mental load than the workload tasks under a high SA. This work served as a pioneer in investigating the inter-effects of multi-dimensional human factors on human performance and provide insights to ensure aviation safety.
Original languageOthers/Unknown
Title of host publicationAIAA AVIATION 2023 Forum
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

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