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Title: A novel auditory working-memory vigilance task for mental fatigue assessment
Authors: Tyagi, R.
Shen, K. 
Shao, S. 
Li, X. 
Keywords: Auditory working-memory vigilance task
Mental fatigue
Reaction time
Sleep deprivation
Issue Date: Aug-2009
Citation: Tyagi, R., Shen, K., Shao, S., Li, X. (2009-08). A novel auditory working-memory vigilance task for mental fatigue assessment. Safety Science 47 (7) : 967-972. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An auditory working-memory vigilance task (AWVT), which involves higher mental abilities of a person, like working-memory and decision-making, in addition to vigilance, is presented for measuring human mental fatigue in this paper. A 25-h sleep deprivation study, with hourly testing by AWVT (3 min), PalmPVT (5 min) and self-report of sleepiness, is conducted on eight healthy subjects. The trend of mental fatigue level as measured by a specially proposed score, AWVT Fatigue Index (AFI), during the 25-h study shows very similar pattern to those of PalmPVT lapses and self-report sleepiness. AFI even shows closer correspondence to self-report sleepiness than PalmPVT lapses. This suggests that AWVT is able to measure performance decrement due to sleep deprivation, and it can even provide better measurement of mental fatigue than PalmPVT. AWVT shows a learning curve of less than 3 trials indicating that no skill is required in performing AWVT. Furthermore, repeat studies are done on five of the eight subjects. Pearson's correlation analysis and other statistical exhibits suggest that AWVT has good test-retest reliability and within subject consistency, which are even better than those of PalmPVT. These results suggest that the AWVT can be used as a reliable objective measure of mental fatigue, and it can even track mental fatigue more accurately than PalmPVT in the real world where most tasks require not just a reaction time type response, but also higher mental abilities. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Safety Science
ISSN: 09257535
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2008.10.018
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