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How role assignment impacts decision-making in high-risk environments: Evidence from eye-tracking in aviation

Behrend, Julia and Dehais, Frédéric How role assignment impacts decision-making in high-risk environments: Evidence from eye-tracking in aviation. (2020) Safety Science, 127. 104738. ISSN 0925-7535

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2020.104738


Adequate monitoring of automated systems is an essential aspect of procedure compliance, protective behaviour, and appropriate decisions in ultra-safe environments. In the air transport industry, the distribution of roles in a flight crew – Pilot Flying vs. Pilot Monitoring – reflects the importance of this task. Little is known about how pilot role assignment impacts monitoring behaviour and subsequent decision-making. We designed a field study where 62 airline pilots equipped with portable eye-trackers had to make a dynamic decision during approach in the airline’s full-flight simulator. At a behavioural level, pilot role assignment (Pilot Flying vs. Pilot Monitoring) influenced decision time irrespective of rank (Captain vs. First Officer), with later decisions for the Pilot Monitoring. Eye-tracking results provided evidence that pilot role assignment rather than rank impacted fixations on choice-relevant information, with more fixations by the Pilot Monitoring. Overall, pilots’ fixations on choice-relevant information could predict decision-making. We discuss implications for the optimal combination of role assignment and hierarchical rank.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02536958
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale - INSERM (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris - ENS Paris (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
Air France, ANRT
Deposited On:08 Apr 2020 12:54

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