A PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION OF MENTAL WORKLOAD, ITS MEASUREMENT AND PREDICTION

Authors
  1. Eisen, P.S.
  2. Hendy, K.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A principal focus of DCIEM's proposed work in human operator workload is the area of subjective mental load. The report details a literature review, reviews the objectives of mental workload research, and defines terms which are related to the study of mental workload. A conceptual model of human cognitive behaviour is advanced which draws both from multiple resource theory and from hierarchical taxonomies of skilled behaviour. Potential indicators of mental workload are discussed and a set of criteria for judging workload metrics is described. Following this, a summary of available workload measures is presented. Finally, the report includes a discussion and recommendations for further research which is directed towards the validation of workload metrics is applied field settings and the establishment of the limitations of various measurement techniques.
Report Number
DCIEM-87-RR-57 — Research Report
Date of publication
15 Dec 1987
Number of Pages
46
DSTKIM No
88-02441
CANDIS No
55664
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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