Process control and risky decision-making: moderation by general mental ability and need for cognition

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Human factors and ergonomics research could benefit from focusing more strongly on individual differences - especially trait variables. The present study suggests the analysis of moderator effects as a promising way to enhance understanding of trait variables and process control performance. Process control performance was studied by analysing moderator effects of general mental ability (GMA) and need for cognition (NC) on risky decision-making (RDM) and performance. Fifty engineering students were trained on a process control task using a computer-based simulation for three hours and tested twice thereafter. Risky decision-making was measured using a computerised gambling task while GMA and NC were assessed with questionnaires. Risky decision-making in interaction with each GMA and NC explained variance in performance over and above variance explained by the single effects. In conclusion, the analysis of moderator effects between individual difference variables and process control performance seems promising.

Authors Burkolter, Dina & Kluge, Annette
Journal or Publication Title Ergonomics
Language English
Keywords decision-making, process control performance, individual differences, interaction effects
Subjects other research area
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 17 August 2012
Publisher Taylor Francis
Place of Publication London UK
Volume 55
Number 11
Page Range 1285-1297
Number of Pages 13
ISSN 0014-0139
ISSN-Digital 1366-5847
Publisher DOI 10.1080/00140139.2012.709279
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Annette Kluge
Date Deposited 18 Apr 2013 16:00
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:16
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/222310

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Burkolter, Dina & Kluge, Annette (2012) Process control and risky decision-making: moderation by general mental ability and need for cognition. Ergonomics, 55 (11). 1285-1297. ISSN 0014-0139

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