Reporting location and environmental features when using metal detector or probe in a simplified mine detection task

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In this paper, the activities involved in searching for buried items with technical aids are explored. The domain of exploration is topical because it can be applied to the search for explosive devices by military and security forces, the ergonomics of which have received relatively little attention. A study is presented which tests the hypothesis that search involves separate cognitive processes for recognising locations and features. It is shown that, while both forms of search tested (i.e., using a trowel or a metal detector) perform similarly when considering location, the recall of features is impaired when using the metal detector. This is interpreted as evidence of different search strategies and information processing in the two conditions.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
EventAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society on Contemporary Ergonomics 2009 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Apr 20091 Apr 2009

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NameContemporary Ergonomics 2009


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society on Contemporary Ergonomics 2009
CountryUnited Kingdom

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