Physiological measurement of anxiety to evaluate performance in simulation training

Tichon, Jennifer G., Wallis, Guy, Riek, Stephan and Mavin, Timothy (2013) Physiological measurement of anxiety to evaluate performance in simulation training. Cognition, Technology and Work, 16 2: 203-210. doi:10.1007/s10111-013-0257-8

Author Tichon, Jennifer G.
Wallis, Guy
Riek, Stephan
Mavin, Timothy
Title Physiological measurement of anxiety to evaluate performance in simulation training
Journal name Cognition, Technology and Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1435-5558
Publication date 2013-03-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10111-013-0257-8
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 203
End page 210
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract The ability to control emotion is a skill which contributes to performance in the same way as cognitive and technical skills do to the successful completion of high stress operations. The interdependence between emotion, problem-solving and decision-making makes a negative emotion such as anxiety of interest in evaluating trainee performance in simulations which replicate stressful work conditions. Self-report measures of anxiety require trainees to interrupt the simulation experience to either complete psychological scales or make verbal reports of state anxiety. An uninterrupted, continuous measure of anxiety is, therefore, preferable for simulation environments. During this study, the anxiety levels of trainee pilots were tracked via electromyography, eye movements and pupillometry while undertaking required tasks in a flight simulation. Fixation duration and saccade rate corresponded reliably to pilot self-reports of anxiety, while pupil size and saccade amplitude did not show a strong comparison to changes in affective state. Large increases in muscle activation where recorded when higher anxiety was reported. The results suggest that a combination of physiological measures could provide a robust, continuous indicator of anxiety level. The implications of the current study on further development of physiological measures to support tracking anxiety as a tool for simulation training assessment are discussed.
Keyword Training
Eye tracking
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 9 March 2013.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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