Partitioning Complexity in Air Traffic Management Task
Author(s)Cummings, M. L.; Tsonis, C.
Cognitive complexity is a term that appears frequently in air traffic control (ATC) research literature, yet there is little principled investigation of the potential sources of cognitive complexity. Three distinctly different sources of cognitive complexity are proposed which are environmental, organizational, and display. Two experiments were conducted to explore whether or not these proposed components of complexity could be effectively partitioned, measured, and compared. The findings demonstrate that sources of complexity can be decomposed and measured and furthermore, the use of color in displays, a display design intervention meant to reduce environmental complexity, can actually contribute to it.
International Journal of Aviation Psychology
Cummings, M. L., & Tsonis, C., Partitioning Complexity in Air Traffic Management Tasks, International Journal of Aviation Psychology, Vol. 16, No. 3, Pages 277-295, 2006.
Cognitive complexity, air traffic control