Radiation search and detection by ear and by eye

J. Tzelgov, R. Srebro, A. Henik, A. Kushelevsky

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Most radiation monitors in use employ visual displays. In some cases the monitor has an auditory display, but even then the operators are usually instructed to rely mainly on the visual information. The present project focuses upon the relative efficiency of various types of information that can be provided by radiation monitors. Two experiments were conducted. In the first, the subjects were asked to perform a search task. The second evaluated performance in a detection task. The main independent variable of interest in both experiments was the mode of providing information about the radiation level. We compared three modes of providing the information: auditory, visual, and redundant (both auditory and visual). It was found that in the detection task the three modes of information resulted in identical levels of performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-95
Number of pages9
JournalHuman Factors
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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