Accession Number : ADA326706

Title :   'POPCORN' as a Tool for Future Cognitive Workload Assessment: A Conceptual Analysis.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : UNIVERSAL ENERGY SYSTEMS INC DAYTON OH

Personal Author(s) : Wen, Shih-sung

PDF Url : ADA326706

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : As weapon systems and their battlefield employment become increasingly complex, the understanding and assessment of the human operator becomes equally important. This project further developed a prototype cognitive workload assessment tool, POPCORN. Starting with a single laboratory, single computer model, a PC based tool that is more widely usable was developed. In its current form, POPCORN contains multiple independent and dependent variables that can be easily manipulated at numerous levels from familiarization and training levels to virtually impossible. Further, a conceptual analysis was written based upon the authors' experiences with POPCORN as well as comparison of the tool with literature in the area. Based upon this analysis, we conclude that POPCORN is capable of measuring a wide range of cognitive processes relevant to human management of complex systems.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *COCKPITS, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, AVIONICS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, COGNITION, PSYCHOMOTOR FUNCTION, PILOTS, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, WORKLOAD, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), MENTAL ABILITY, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY).

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE