Accession Number:

ADA169941

Title:

Eye Movements as an Index of Mental Workload

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 15 Jul 1985-14 Mar 1986 on Phase 1

Corporate Author:

ESSEX CORP ORLANDO FL

Report Date:

1986-03-17

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

Two investigations were carried out to assess the feasibility of using eye movement measures as nonintrusive indicants of mental workload. In the first experiment, measures of saccadic latency and eye movement velocity were obtained during alternating eye movement scans while subjects were differentially task loaded by simple, moderate, and complex auditory tone counting. The latency and eye movement velocity measures changed but did not differ reliably as tone counting complexity workload was increased. In the second experiment, the spatial extent of spontaneous saccades was measured under three levels of tone counting complexity. The results indicated that the extent of such eye movements varied inversely p less than .0151 as tone counting complexity increased. This index appears to hold promise for the development of an objective indicator of mental workload.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE