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Document ID (ISN)109048
CIS number 09-232
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Collet C., Averty P., Dittmar A.
Title Autonomic nervous system and subjective ratings of strain in air-traffic control
Bibliographic information Jan. 2009, Vol.40, No.1, p.23-32. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the perceived mental strain among air-traffic controllers by means of self-evaluation and five physiological indicators from the autonomic nervous system, namely: skin potential, skin conductance, skin blood flow, skin temperature and heart rate. Each physiological variable was averaged to match the times spent monitoring a given number of aircraft. After the session, participants rated their stress using the NASA-TLX rating scale. Both subjective ratings and physiological values were closely correlated to the number of aircraft being monitored, which could evolve at random between one and ten. Results provide objective information to prevent air-traffic controllers from overloaded situations.
Descriptors (primary) mental workload; autonomic nervous system; air traffic control; stress factors
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; France; skin temperature; physiology; skin; biological effects; pulse rate
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Air transportation
Mental workload