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Human Factors in Hazardous SituationsProceedings of a Royal Society Discussion Meeting held on 28 and 29 June 1989$
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D. E. Broadbent, J. Reason, and A. Baddeley

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521914.001.0001

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Temporal decision making in complex environments

Temporal decision making in complex environments

(p.121) Temporal decision making in complex environments
Human Factors in Hazardous Situations

V. De Keyser

Oxford University Press

The basic hypothesis of this chapter is that under the influence of technological development and market pressure, situations take on temporal characteristics that are more and more difficult for the operator to control. The temporal strategies traditionally installed by the operator disappear, are transferred or transformed. Far from counterbalancing these phenomena, the displays, as they are designed in the workplace, obliterate the temporal dimension. The errors that are seen to appear are the product of a mismatch between the characteristics of the situation and the operator's resources. Four mechanisms of time estimation are discussed. Field study results on temporal strategies, such as anticipation, assessment of a process evolution and planning adjustment are developed.

Keywords:   temporal decision making, complex environments, time estimation, anticipation, planning adjustment, operator resources

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