No tendency for human operators to agree with automation whose response bias matches their own

Megan Bartlett, Jason McCarley

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that false alarm-prone decision AIDS can engender stronger disuse than miss-prone AIDS, even when automation false alarms and misses are matched in perceptual characteristics. The present experiment sought to replicate this effect, and examine whether it reflects a tendency for operators to agree with automation whose response bias matches their own. Participants performed a simulated baggage screening task, alone or with assistance from an automated decision aid prone either to misses or false alarms. A point system encouraged participants themselves to adopt either a conservative, liberal, or neutral response bias. Target-present responses were faster from participants assisted by the miss-prone aid than from participants assisted by the false alarm-prone aid, regardless of the human operators' response bias. Neither response times nor accuracy rates, however, showed evidence of a generalised asymmetry in the effects of automation false alarms and misses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-128
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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