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The Effects of Stress on Pilot Judgment in a MIDIS Simulator

  • Christopher D. Wickens
  • Alan Stokes
  • Barbara Barnett
  • Fred Hyman

Abstract

Faulty pilot judgment has been identified as a contributing cause in a majority of aircraft accidents attributed to pilot error (Jensen, 1981; Diehl, 1991; Orasanu, 1993). Furthermore, given that such errors often occur in bad weather following instrument or system failure and in time-pressured circumstances, it is reasonable to assume that the resulting stress from these anxiety-provoking situations may exert an important degrading influence on the quality of decision making. Indeed, there is an ample abundance of anecdotal reports and post-hoc accident and failure analyses that attributes faulty decision making, in part, to the degrading influence of stress (e.g., Connolly, Blackwell, & Lester, 1987; Lubner & Lester, 1987; Simmel, Cerkovnik, & McCarthy, 1987; Simmel & Shelton, 1987).

Keywords

Concurrent Task Time Stress Declarative Knowledge Dynamic Scenario Instrument Panel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher D. Wickens
    • 1
  • Alan Stokes
    • 1
  • Barbara Barnett
    • 2
  • Fred Hyman
    • 3
  1. 1.Aviation Research LaboratoryUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignSavoyUSA
  2. 2.McDonnell- Douglas Aircraft Co.St. LouisUSA
  3. 3.National Transportation Safety BoardUSA

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