Effect of Control-Display Compatibility on the Mental Workload of Submarine Helmsmen

  • Philippe RauffetEmail author
  • Christine Chauvin
  • Chiara Nistico
  • Samantha Judas
  • Norbert Toumelin
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 726)


The purpose of the study is to analyse the directional compatibility of control-display design and its effects on the mental workload of helmsmen. An experiment is then carried out on a simulator designed by a world leader in military naval shipbuilding. This experiment follows a unique scenario including four usual submarine maneuvers. It is achieved by two groups, each carrying out a perceptual-motor task on a specific steering control-display configuration, proposed by the naval shipbuilder (one with a standard numeric display and one with a new visual-spatial representation, both tasks controlled by the same joystick). The findings of this study show that the control-display compatibility produces increased mental workload when a direction-of-motion stereotype is violated (upward-forward relationship).


Direction-of-motion stereotype Control-display compatibility Mental workload 



This paper is an adapted and shortened version of: Rauffet, P., Chauvin, C., Nistico, C., Judas, S., and Toumelin, N. (2016). Analysis of submarine steering: effects of cognitive and perceptual–motor requirements on the mental workload and performance of helmsmen. Cognition, Technology and Work, 18(4), 657–672.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippe Rauffet
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christine Chauvin
    • 1
  • Chiara Nistico
    • 1
  • Samantha Judas
    • 1
  • Norbert Toumelin
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Bretagne-Sud, Lab-STICC UMR CNRS 6285LorientFrance
  2. 2.DCNS GroupLorientFrance

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