July 27, 2016 16:30 - 18:00

Pupil dilation under cognitive load predicts whether you are a good pilot

[Speaker] Chen, Yulu:1,2
[Co-author] Zheng, Zhong:2, Su, Yanjie:2
1:Beijing Union University (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:Peking University (China (People's Republic of China))

To investigate the psychological indicator of flight aptitude, 59 cadet pilots, as well as 24 qualified pilots (as the comparison group), participated in the research. Flight performance of the cadets was measured in the first-year flight examination. The cadets' and the qualified pilots' pupil dilation in the simulated flight task was measured by the tobii X120 under two condition (cognitive load vs. no load). Results showed: (1) the qualified pilots had smaller pupil dilation under cognitive load than the cadets; (2) the cadets with higher scores in the flight examination had smaller pupil dilation under the cognitive load condition than those with lower scores. It was suggested that the pupil dilation with cognitive burden is a valid indicator to predict flight aptitude. The pupil dilation under cognitive burden may reflect the cognitive capacity, which is important for flying airplane.
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