An experiment was conducted to explore whether plan continuation errors could be explained by two types of perseveration behaviours: Perseveration in a wrong Representation do the Situation (PRS) and Perseveration in a risky Plan of Action (PPA). Effects of success-related pressure and flight phase on pilots performance were also examined. Six scenarios were created where expected or unexpected threats had to be managed. Pilots chose between three plans of actions corresponding to PPA, PRS and Flexibility. Results showed that the two types of perseveration could effectively explain plan continuation errors even though PPA characterised cruise phase and PRS was more frequently chosen when managing threats during the approach phase. An effect of success-related pressure was observed as pilots experiencing high pressure were more flexible than pilots experiencing low pressure.
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(2009). The Effects of Success Related Pressure on Information Processing Strategies and Plan Continuation Error. 2009 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 563-568.