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Slip errors and cue salience

Back, J; Blandford, A; Curzon, P; (2007) Slip errors and cue salience. In: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. (pp. 221 - 224).

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Motivation - Many empirical accounts of slip errors have focused on identifying causal factors. However, to what extent can avoiding slip errors be considered a cognitive skill? Research approach - A series of experiments have shown that some actions seem to "spring to mind" for the performance of a task, whereas others do not, and that the latter are much more likely than the former to feature in erroneous actions. Findings - The results suggest that procedural and sensory cues need to be strong enough to capture a participant's attention away from actions that "spring to mind". Research limitations/Implications - Avoiding error can be considered a cognitive skill when a 'window of opportunity' is utilised to rehearse procedural steps or when participants are able to create their own environmental cues. Originality/Value - The research suggests that identifying how people avoid making errors can provide us with a deeper understanding of why errors happen. Take away message - Rehearsal and personalised cue creation is spontaneous and can be used to minimize the likelihood of error.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Slip errors and cue salience
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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