On the Estimation of Mental Workload.
CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA BARBARA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The only practical way to attack the problems of mission delimitation, machine improvement, and operator specification in respect to mental workload appears to be computer simulations of both man and system performing a well-specified mission. As real systems afford the operator relative freedom of choice, the simulation of the human operator must possess intelligence. Unfortunately the data gathered in the laboratory on human performance are highly synthetic and concern the lowest elements of behaviour. Uncritical use of these data to solve problems of mental workload cannot be justified. The utilization of methods of artificial intelligence to bear upon the intelligent restructuring of tasks appears feasible at the present time. It will probably suffice to include rational decision making and a capacity to solve certain classes of games. Author
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems