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A Touchpad-Based Method for Inducing Attentional Tunneling

Attentional tunneling is a recognized problem for aviation safety in the flight deck. A prototype system (touchpad and associated application and experimental software) was developed and evaluated for its success in inducing attentional tunneling in a reliable and predictable manner in training and experimental contexts. An experiment with ten participants using the system examined baseline performance for visual memory of a color or number sequence, simultaneous with performing a competing auditory detection task. Spatial auditory separation of the auditory stimuli was also evaluated. Data are provided for various aspects of touchpad entry (accuracy, speed) as well as hit and false alarm rates for the auditory task. The results will help determine means of inducing attentional tunneling in more complex flight simulator experiments and for developing an inexpensive prototype for pilots to measure cognitive fixation and develop mitigation strategies.

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