SELECTIVE ATTENTION AND PERFORMANCE IN DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTS

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  • Based on a paper presented at the NATO Advanced Study Institute in Human Factors/Ergonomics at Mondello, Sicily, September 1969.

Abstract

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.

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