Assessment of Situation Awareness Using Eye Tracking

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Assessment of Situation Awareness Using Eye Tracking

Although several studies have highlighted the importance of visual attention and situational awareness in reducing the number of injures in the construction industry, few studies have attempted to empirically measure construction workers’ attention. To tackle this knowledge gap and to capitalize on prior work that indicates that a person’s eye-movement correlates with his or her attention, we use eye-tracking technology to examine where construction workers focus their attention. This pioneering application of eye-tracking technology allows us to identify variables that impact workers’ attention and situational awareness. Our findings empower academics and industry professionals to improve construction-site safety and safeguard millions of American workers.

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