Learning and transfer effects in simulated industrial information processing tasks

Ram R. Bishu, Yuxiang Chen

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Practice and alternation among a set of jobs are the characteristics of any jobbing industry. Learning and transfer of learning, which are the main human factors issues in practice and alternation, were investigated through laboratory simulation of two typical industrial information processing tasks. In the first experiment a location task was examined while a search task was investigated in experiment two. In both experiments two levels of task complexity, two groups of subjects, and two positions were combined in a 2 × 2 latin square formation with 800 trials in each task level. The results show that learning pattern appears to be task dependent, with quicker learning in location tasks than in search tasks. Learning also transfers differently for the tasks considered. Implications for the industrial training program for assembly tasks are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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