Minimal instrumentation may compromise failure diagnosis with an ecological interface

Reising, Dal Vernon C. and Sanderson, Penelope M. (2004) Minimal instrumentation may compromise failure diagnosis with an ecological interface. Human Factors, 46 2: 316-333. doi:10.1518/hfes.46.2.316.37338

Author Reising, Dal Vernon C.
Sanderson, Penelope M.
Title Minimal instrumentation may compromise failure diagnosis with an ecological interface
Journal name Human Factors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0018-7208
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1518/hfes.46.2.316.37338
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 316
End page 333
Total pages 18
Editor E. Salas
Place of publication United States
Publisher Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
280104 Computer-Human Interaction
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract Interfaces designed according to ecological interface design (EID) display higher-order relations and properties of a work domain so that adaptive operator problem solving can be better supported under unanticipated system conditions. Previous empirical studies of EID have assumed that the raw data required to derive and communicate higher-order information would be available and reliable. The present research examines the relative advantages of an EID interface over a conventional piping-and-instrumentation diagram (PID) when instrumentation is maximally or only minimally adequate. Results show an interaction between interface and the adequacy of the instrumentation. Failure diagnosis performance with the EID interface with maximally adequate instrumentation is best overall. Performance with the EID interface drops more drastically from maximally to minimally adequate instrumentation than does performance with the PID interface, to the point where the EID interface with minimally adequate instrumentation supports nonsignificantly worse performance than does the equivalent PID interface. Actual or potential applications of this research include design of instrumentation and displays for complex industrial processes.
Keyword Behavioral Sciences
Psychology, Applied
Work Domain Analysis
Pasteurizer Ii
Q-Index Code C1

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