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Type of publication:Inproceedings
Entered by:JOSM
TitleMeasuring vigilance level in demanding work setting
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Booktitle Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research (Measuring Behaviour 2005)
Year published 2005
Month August
Pages 518-519
Location 30 August - 2 September 2005, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Keywords measuring,vigilance level
This paper concerns the practical measurement of vigilance in a working environment. Vigilance can be measured in a number of ways, of which the electroencephalogram (EEG) is probably the most popular. However, the EEG method is not practical in a dynamic work setting for a number of reasons. This paper introduces a technique for assessing vigilance by means of easy-to-use and sensitive objective (performance) and subjective (questionnaire) behavioral measures. This technique does not include predefined or specified tasks, but a general principle of assessment. Vigilance assessment can be achieved by administering a vigilance test battery that includes a short working memory task and a short questionnaire. In situations that do not allow presentation of test batteries, both vigilance and the degree of (under-) stimulation can be assessed by performance on work-embedded tasks. This, however, requires analysis of the task set for a given job. It is discussed with what parameters a measurement technique needs to be described in order to determine exactly which measure(s) to use in a particular situation.
Smit, Annika
Benito Calleja, Jose A.
Troost, Jimmy
Nieuwenhuis, Kees
Total mark: 5