Individual Differences and Ergonomic Factors in Performance in a Videotex-Type Task

Perry Morrison, Grant Noble

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Abstract

Manipulated ergonomic aspects of a videotex-type task, and attempted to relate paper-and-pencil measures of field dependence–independence, intelligence, capacity to complete a computer science curriculum, and attitudes toward computers, to the performance of novice users. Results indicate that fault-tolerant aspects of the software and the use of self-defined commands resulted in superior performance. Field independence and higher intelligence were related to better performance. No substantial relationship was found between the ability to complete a computer science curriculum and performance on the task. Ss who expressed an "awesome" view of the nature of computers appeared to perform less well than did other Ss.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-88
Number of pages20
JournalBehaviour and Information Technology
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1987

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