Designing situation displays to promote conformance to automatic alerts

Amy Pritchett, Balázs Vándor

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Alerting systems monitor potentially hazardous situations. If a hazard is projected to occur, the system alerts the operator and/or commands the operator to execute specific actions. However, operators have been observed not to conform to alerting system commands. This study hypothesized that the interaction between information presented on situation displays and automatic alerts can encourage or discourage conformance to alerts. As a test case, a flight simulator evaluation was conducted examining collision detection during closely spaced parallel approaches in conditions specifically manipulated to create consonance (where the display provided a clear explanation of the rationale behind automatic alerts) and dissonance (where the display inherently promoted a different basis for an alerting judgment). Results indicate that conditions with consonance and dissonance can have significant impact on participants' collision detection performance and on their agreement with automatic alerts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-315
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2001
EventProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 45th Annual Meeting - Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN, United States
Duration: Oct 8 2001Oct 12 2001


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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