The Effect of Online Cognitive Training on Sustained Attention Measures for Electric Power Line Installers

16 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2018

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Jim Walters, EdD

Power of Learning, Inc.

Mark A. Stellmack, Ph.D

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis - Department of Psychology

Stanley Sheft, Ph.D

Rush University - Medical Center

Anna D. Abele, A.S.

University of Minnesota - Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Students

Date Written: March 5, 2015

Abstract

This research builds on previous studies that identify inattentiveness as a causal factor of accidents. Cognitive training exercises were used to determine if attentiveness of electric power line installers could be increased. Participants, selected from two electric utilities and two electric power contractors, were randomly placed in either a control or a treatment group. Only the treatment group completed cognitive training, with both groups participating in pre- and posttests of sustained attention using the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART). A significant trade-off between response accuracy and reaction time on SART was obtained for both groups. A multivariate analysis of covariance revealed a significant effect of cognitive training on performance, with the effect dominated by the change in reaction time rather than response accuracy. The results of this experiment followed the trend of previous research demonstrating that cognitive training can increase sustained attention ability.

Keywords: attention, cognitive training. electric power, computer training, memory, Posit Science

JEL Classification: I31, L94, M11, M14, Z21

Suggested Citation

Walters, Jim and Stellmack, Mark A. and Sheft, Stanley and Abele, Anna D., The Effect of Online Cognitive Training on Sustained Attention Measures for Electric Power Line Installers (March 5, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3155302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3155302

Jim Walters (Contact Author)

Power of Learning, Inc. ( email )

United States

Mark A. Stellmack

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis - Department of Psychology ( email )

110 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant St, S.E.
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Stanley Sheft

Rush University - Medical Center ( email )

Health Systems Management
1700 West Van Buren Street, TOB Suite 126B
Chicago, IL
United States

Anna D. Abele

University of Minnesota - Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Students ( email )

MN
United States

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