Dealing successfully with unforeseen safety-critical situations is a prerequisite for save pilot performance. Studies applying new attention-based training approaches have revealed positive effects on emotion regulation and on concentration abilities. Hence, the question arises to what extent attention training would facilitate cognitive adaptation processes, thereby attenuating emotional stress responses and reducing performance decrements in unforeseen flight situations. Twenty-four pilots will be randomly assigned to two groups and will either be trained in attention regulation or in relaxation techniques. “Home training” will be followed by training in the flight simulator. Performance ratings, video and audio recordings, subjective data, and EDA data will be collected. It is expected that the experimental group “Attention” will show lower stress responses and better performance compared to the control group “Relaxation” when faced with an unexpected situation in the final simulator test. It is suggested, that attention training positively influences cognitive appraisal processes and cognitive flexibility.
Talker, C. M.
(2021). Does Attention Training Enhance Stress Resilience and Performance in Unforeseen Safety-Critical Situations?. 86th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 268-273.