Performance Research Laboratory (PeRL)

Research

Training for Sustained Attention

Project Summary: There are two crucial components of successful vigilance: 1) skilled discrimination between signal and non-signal events, and 2) engaging in effective compensatory effort to maintain attention to relevant information in the display over the time on task. In our research on training, we seek to better understand how much training is necessary as well as how long we should train individuals on tasks of sustained attention.

Supervisory Effects on Vigilance

Project Summary: To test some of the limitations of human performance given the presence of a supervisor. This study examines how individuals perform under supervisory stress in traditional vigilance tasks. While there is a wealth of information on this topic in the I/O literature, little is known about the effects of supervisors on sustained attention.

Motivation and Vigilance

Project Summary: To theoretically integrate the fields of self-determination theory (SD-theory) into traditional human factors research on vigilance. The present studies seek to extend some of the original work of Deci, Eghrari, Patrick, & Leone (1994) and Ryan and Deci (2012) by testing the effects of SD-theory constructs on human performance.