Multi-modal information display under stress Academic Article uri icon


  • In modem combat environments information superiority and the associated communication systems are paramount to operational success. Considerable efforts have and are being applied to the tasks of gathering, collating, synthesizing, and conveying this vital information. The same level of energy needs to be brought to bear in devising innovative and effective methods for communicating this information to the end user; the soldier. The modality in which the information is presented is critical in this process in that it differentially influences behavioral response, especially when tasks are either leamed or subsequently performed in stressful circumstances. The multiple attentional resource theory (Wickens, 1980, 2002) has had a particularly strong influence on the professional practice of human factors, especially in interface development where it arguably remains the strongest behavioral heuristic for …

publication date

  • January 1, 2008