Using pupillometry and electromyography to track positive and negative affect during flight simulation

Tichon, Jennifer G., Mavin, Tim, Wallis, Guy, Visser, Troy A. W. and Riek, Stephan (2014) Using pupillometry and electromyography to track positive and negative affect during flight simulation. Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors, 4 1: 23-32. doi:10.1027/2192-0923/a000052


Author Tichon, Jennifer G.
Mavin, Tim
Wallis, Guy
Visser, Troy A. W.
Riek, Stephan
Title Using pupillometry and electromyography to track positive and negative affect during flight simulation
Journal name Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2192-0923
2192-0931
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1027/2192-0923/a000052
Open Access Status
Volume 4
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 32
Total pages 10
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Affect is a key determinant of performance, due to its influence on cognitive processing. Negative emotions such as anxiety are recognized cognitive stressors shown to degrade decision making and situation awareness. Conversely, positive affect can improve problem solving and facilitate recall. This exploratory pilot study used electromyography and pupillometry measures to track pilots’ levels of negative and positive affect while training in a flight simulator. Fixation duration and saccade rate were found to correspond reliably to pilot self-reports of anxiety. Additionally, large increases in muscle activation were also recorded when higher anxiety was reported. Decreases in positive affect correlated significantly with saccade rate, fixation duration, and mean saccade velocity. Results are discussed in terms of using psychophysiological measures to provide a continuous, objective measure of pilot affective levels as an additional evaluation method to support assessment of pilot performance in simulation training environments.
Keyword Affect
Anxiety
Simulation
Training
Eye tracking
Electromyography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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