Module 1 – Information Processing


This section provides an overview of mental human performance characteristics which flight crew use, it examines the way in which information gathered by the senses is processed by the brain. The limitations of the human information processing system are also considered. The basic theory of decision making is also covered, although not in depth.

Basic Theory of Information processing

Information Processing defined

Information processing is the process of receiving information through the senses analyzing and making it meaningfull.

Decision making is the choice between two or more alternatives.

Information Processing Model

Information processing can be represented as a model. This shows the main elements of the process from receipt of information from the senses, to outputs such as decision making and actions. One such model is shown in Figure 1.