The Role of Training, Individual Differences and Knowledge Representation in Cognitive-Oriented Task Performance
Interim rept. 1 Nov 1989-31 Oct 1990,
WRIGHT STATE UNIV DAYTON OH HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING
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This research examines the impact of training style, individual differences and task representation on automatized task performance and controlled task performance. Results indicate that performance on relatively straightforward repetitive tasks, usually associated with automatization, is influenced by training style and the mental task representation held by individuals. Also, task representation is a significant determinant of performance on complex cognitive-oriented tasks i.e., controlled process tasks . Therefore, the task representation is suggested as a high level determinant for both simple and complex task performance. No effect for individual differences was found. It is concluded that training programs and task design for these type of activities must account for the representation in an effort to maximize individual performance.