Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Scotland.
SELECTIVE ATTENTION AND PERFORMANCE IN DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTS*
Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
1972 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Psychology
Volume 63, Issue 4, pages 537–546, November 1972
How to Cite
BADDELEY, A. D. (1972), SELECTIVE ATTENTION AND PERFORMANCE IN DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTS. British Journal of Psychology, 63: 537–546. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1972.tb01304.x
Based on a paper presented at the NATO Advanced Study Institute in Human Factors/Ergonomics at Mondello, Sicily, September 1969.
- Issue published online: 13 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
- Manuscript received 13 September 1971
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Evidence on human performance in dangerous environments is reviewed and suggests that danger reduces efficiency, except in the case of experienced subjects. Perceptual narrowing is shown to be one source of decrement. It is suggested that danger increases the subject's arousal level which influences performance by producing a narrowing of attention. The nature of the performance decrement and of adaptation to danger are discussed in this context.