Designing for visual and auditory attention in complex high-tempo worlds (2005–2007)
In fast paced work environments where safety is critical such as aviation or surgery there are many demands on a worker s attention. New display technologies such as head-mounted displays (HMDs) and auditory information systems are being developed to ensure the worker does not miss important information. There is a danger however of information overload so that sometimes information is missed. In this research we investigate the advantages and disadvantages of HMDs and auditory information systems for anaesthesia and we test whether a combination of the two is best for maintaining situational awareness. Our results will have practical significance but will also inform our basic knowledge of how visual and auditory attention work.