Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effects of distractors and force feedback on an aimed movement task in a CDTI environment
by Monk, Kevin J., II, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 83; 1527733
Abstract (Summary)

New onboard technologies will be required for future cockpits to support the altered responsibilities of pilots under the NextGen program. Effective Cockpit Displays of Information (CD Tis) should provide more flexibility to pilots en route and reduce the probability of conflicts. However, precise input from pilots can be difficult due to the unstable environment in the cockpit. The present study used a non-traditional input device (Novint Falcon) to examine the effect of force feedback on operator performance during point-and-click movements in a CDTI environment when distractors are present. Twelve participants performed point-and-click tasks with varying amounts of force feedback, distractor locations, target sizes, distances, and movement directions. Overall movement times (OMTs) were recorded. Results demonstrated that force feedback did not reduce or match OMTs relative to the computer mouse. However, significant interactions with other target variables highlighted conditional differences between the force levels, as well as distractor effects.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Strybel, Thomas Z.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Aerospace engineering, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Distractors, Effective cockpit displays of information, Fitt's law, Fitts, paul, Force feedback
Publication Number: 1527733
ISBN: 978-1-303-92588-7
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