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Title: Virtuality in human supervisory control: Assessing the effects of psychological and social remoteness
Authors: Stanton, NA
Ashleigh, M
Keywords: Human supervisory control;Interface design;Team working
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Ergonomics. 46 (12): 1215-1232
Abstract: Virtuality would seem to offer certain advantages for human supervisory control. First, it could provide a physical analogue of the 'real world' environment. Second, it does not require control room engineers to be in the same place as each other. In order to investigate these issues, a low-fidelity simulation of an energy distribution network was developed. The main aims of the research were to assess some of the psychological concerns associated with virtual environments. First, it may result in the social isolation of the people, and it may have dramatic effects upon the nature of the work. Second, a direct physical correspondence with the 'real world' may not best support human supervisory control activities. Experimental teams were asked to control an energy distribution network. Measures of team performance, group identity and core job characteristics were taken. In general terms, the results showed that teams working in the same location performed better than team who were remote from one another.
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Dept of Design Research Papers

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