Accession Number:

ADP005591

Title:

Perceptual Organisation and Information Management,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ROYAL AIR FORCE FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND) INST OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The changing requirements for information processing and control and the development of the information management function are reviewed through the history of the aircraft cockpit. Information management was once entirely carried out by the pilot but now this function seems likely to be shared between the pilot and adaptive automation. Human information management begins with perceptual organisation. Gestalt thinking on perceptual organisation is reviewed with reference to the information processing approach to human cognition and in particular to the operations of selective attention, working memory and the linkng of perception and thought. Perception can be facilitated through the design of information displays. The influence of the principles of perceptual organisation on the design of the dialogue across the human-machine interface is reviewed with particular reference to the integration and differentiation of flight information. Three experiments are reported that are relevant to the use of colour as an organisational factor in complex pictorial computer generated displays. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
  • Flight Control and Instrumentation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE