On the cognitive demands of different controller dynamics: A within-subject P300 analysis

Menja Scheer, Heinrich Bulthoff, Lewis L. Chuang

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Abstract

The cognitive workload of a steering task could reflect its demand on attentional as well as working memory resources under different conditions. These respective demands could be differentiated by evaluating components of the event-related potential (ERP) response to different types of stimulus probes, which are claimed to reflect the availability of either attention (i.e., novelty-P3) or working memory (i.e., target-P3) resources. Here, a within-subject analysis is employed to evaluate the robustness of ERP measurements in discriminating the cognitive demands of different steering conditions. We find that the amplitude of novelty-P3 ERPs to task-irrelevant environmental sounds is diminished when participants are required to perform a steering task. This indicates that steering places a demand on attentional resources. In addition, target-P3 ERPs to a secondary auditory detection task vary when the controller dynamics in the steering task are manipulated. This indicates that differences in controller dynamics vary in their working memory demands.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2015
PublisherHuman Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.
Pages1042-1046
Number of pages5
Volume2015-January
ISBN (Electronic)9780945289470
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event59th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 2015 Oct 262015 Oct 30

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Other59th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period15/10/2615/10/30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Scheer, M., Bulthoff, H., & Chuang, L. L. (2015). On the cognitive demands of different controller dynamics: A within-subject P300 analysis. In 2015 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2015 (Vol. 2015-January, pp. 1042-1046). Human Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541931215591294