The Maintenance of Vigilance during Automated Monitoring

  • G. Robert
  • J. Hockey
  • Andrew J. Tattersall
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This paper is concerned with the maintenance of vigilance in modern, complex human-machine systems. It questions the applicability of models of the human operator derived from tradional studies of watchkeeping, since these assume a ‘passive’ attentional state. It argues instead for a model in which the operator actively regulates his cognitive state to adapt to changes in prevailing task and internal demands, through the adoption of strategies which permit a trade-off between energetical costs and performance benefits.


Effortful Control Task Goal Vigilance Task Passive Strategy Cognitive Fatigue 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Robert
    • 1
  • J. Hockey
    • 1
  • Andrew J. Tattersall
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC/ESRC Social and Applied Psychology UnitUniversity of SheffieldEngland

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