Further In-Depth Investigation of Precuing Effect on Tracking and Discrete Dual-Task Performance with Different Spatial Mappings

  • Ken Siu Shing Man
  • Steve Ngai Hung Tsang
  • Coskun Dizmen
  • Alan Hoi-Shou Chan
Conference paper


The objective of this study was to establish data for making ergonomics recommendations for human-machine interface design in control consoles. The results showed significant precuing effect and spatial S-R compatibility effect, leading to different response times of the participants. Compatibility in both orientations (BC condition) resulted in a better reaction time. The performance of the primary tracking task was subject to its level of difficulty. For secondary discrete task, there was a significant effect of S-R mapping condition. There was also a significant interaction between S-R mapping conditions and the position of signal and that of precue. The same position between signal and precue under BC and TC S-R mapping led to faster reaction times, while the opposite position between signal and precue under BI and LC S-R mapping exhibited faster reaction times. Tactile precue and auditory precue can always improve the performance in reaction time for four S-R mapping conditions with visual stimulus while the visual precue worsens the performance.


Auditory Dual-task paradigm Precue Spatial stimulus-response compatibility Stimulus onset asynchronies Tactile Visual 



This work was supported by a grant from City University of Hong Kong (SRG7004663).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ken Siu Shing Man
    • 1
  • Steve Ngai Hung Tsang
    • 1
  • Coskun Dizmen
    • 1
  • Alan Hoi-Shou Chan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering ManagementCity University of Hong KongKowloon, Hong Kong SARChina

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