School of Psychology
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD
PhD (Engineering Psychology) University of Toronto, 1985
MA (Cognitive Psychology) University of Toronto, 1981
BA (Hons I) (Cognitive Psychology) University of WA, 1979
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2004+
Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (USA), 2012+
Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association, 2015+
Joint appointment between School of ITEE, School of Psychology, and School of Medicine at UQ.
Leader, Cognitive Engineering Research Group (CERG), The University of Queensland.
Leader, Cognitive Systems Engineering Group, School of ITEE.
Director, ARC Key Centre for Human Factors, The University of Queensland
Responsible for development and operation of the University of Queensland Usability Laboratory (UQUL).
Editorial and editorial board responsibilities
Engineering psychology, human factors, cognitive systems engineering, health informatics, cognitive work analysis, visual and auditory perception and attention.
McCurdie, T., SANDERSON, P., Aitken, L, & Liu, D. (in press). Two sides to every story: the Dual Perspectives Method for examining interruptions in healthcare. Applied Ergonomics.
Hassall, M., SANDERSON, P., & Cameron, I. (in press). Incident analysis: A case study comparison of traditional and SAfER methods. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making.
Nadler, I., McLanders, M., SANDERSON, P., & Liley, H. (in press). Time without ventilation during intubation in neonates as a patient-centred measure of performance. Resuscitation.
Deschamps, M.-L., SANDERSON, P., Hinckfuss, K., Browning, C., Loeb, R. G., Liley, H., & Liu, D. (2016). Improving the detectqability of oxygen saturation levels for preterm neonates: A laboratory test of tremolo and beacon sonifications. Applied Ergonomics, 56, 160-169. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.03.013
Loeb, R., Brecknell, B., & SANDERSON, P. (2016). The sounds of desaturation: A survey of commercial pulse oximeter sonifications. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 122(5), 1395-1403. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000001240
See also editorial by Schlesinger (2016) - doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000001203
Heard, G., Thomas, R., & SANDERSON, P. (2016). In the aftermath: Attitudes of anesthesiologists to supportive strategies following an unexpected intra-operative patient death. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 122(5), 1614-1624. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001227
Paterson, E., SANDERSON, P., Paterson, N., Liu, D., & Loeb, R. (2016). The effectiveness of pulse oximetry sonification enhanced with tremolo and brightness for distinguishing clinical important oxygen saturation ranges: A laboratory study. Anaesthesia, 71, 565-572. doi: 10.1111/anae.13424
Grundgeiger, T., Dekker, S., SANDERSON, P., Brecknell, B., Liu, D., & Aitken, L. (2016). Obstacles to research on the effects of interruptions in healthcare. BMJ Quality and Safety. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004083
Hinckfuss, K., SANDERSON, P., Loeb, R., Liley, H., & Liu, D. (2016). Novel pulse oximetry sonifications for neonatal oxygen saturation monitoring: A laboratory study. Human Factors, 58, 344-359. doi: 10.1177/0018720815617406
Marshall, S., Sanderson, P., Macintosh, C., & Kolawole, H. (2016). The effect of two cognitive aid designs on team functioning during intraoperative analphylaxis emergencies: A multi-centre simulation study. Anaesthesia, 71, 389-404. doi: 10.1111/anae.13332
Atyeo, J., & SANDERSON, P. (2015). Comparison of the identification and ease of use of two alarm sound sets by critical care nurses with little or no music training: A laboratory study. Anaesthesia, 70, 818-827. doi:10.1111/anae.13020
See also commentary on above paper by J. Edworthy, Anaesthesia, 70, 1215.
SANDERSON, P., & Grundgeiger, T. (2015). How do interruptions affect clinician performance in healthcare? Negotiating fidelity, control, and potential generalizability in the search for answers. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 79, 85-96. doi:10.1016/j.ijhcs.2014.11.003
Hassall, M., SANDERSON, P., & Cameron, I. (2014). Can the decision ladder framework help inform industry risk assessment processes? Ergonomics Australia, 10(3), 1-5. [pdf]
Grundgeiger, T., SANDERSON, P., & Dismukes, K. (2014). Prospective memory in complex sociotechnical systems. Zeitschrift fuer Psychologie [Journal of Psychology], 222(2), 100-109.http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/2151-2604/a000171
Hassall, M., SANDERSON, P., & Cameron, I. (2014). The development and testing of SAfER: A resilience-based human factors method. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 8(2), 162-186. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1555343414527287
Xiao, T., & SANDERSON, P. (2014). Evaluating the generalizability of the Organisational Constraints Analysis framework: A hospital bed management case study. Cognition, Technology, & Work, 16, 229-246. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10111-013-0260-0
Neal, A., Hannah, S., SANDERSON, P., Bolland, S., Mooij, M., & Murphy, S. (2014). Development and validation of a multilevel model for predicting workload under routine and non-routine conditions in an Air Traffic Management center. Human Factors, 56(2), 287-305.http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018720813491283
Grundgeiger, T., Harris, B., Ford, N., Abbey, M., SANDERSON, P., & Venkatesh, B. (in press). Emergency medical equipment storage: Benefits of visual cues tested in field and simulated settings. Human Factors. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018720813514605
Vuckovic, A., SANDERSON, P., Neal, A., Gaukrodger, S., & Wong, W. (2013). Relative Positive Vectors: An alternative approach to conflict detection in Air Traffic Control. Human Factors. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018720813481803
Grundgeiger, T., SANDERSON, P. Beltran Orihuela, C., Thompson, A., MacDougall, H, Nunnink, L., & Venkatesh, B. (2013). Prospective memory in the ICU: The effect of visual clues on task execution in a representative simulation. Ergonomics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2013.765604
Hassall, M. & SANDERSON, P. (2012). A formative approach to the Strategies Analysis phase of Cognitive Work Analysis. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2012.725781
Adolph, K., Gilmore, R., Freeman, C., SANDERSON, P., & Millman, D. (2012). Toward open behavioral science. Commentary on Nosek & Bar-Anan's "Scientific Utopia: I. Opening scientific communication." Psychological Inquiry, 23(3), 244-247.
Heard, G., SANDERSON, P., & Thomas, R. (2012). Barriers to adverse event and error reporting in anesthesia. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 114(3), 584-589.
Nadler, I., SANDERSON, P., & Liley, H. (2011). The accuracy of clinical assessments as a measure for teamwork effectiveness. Simulation in Healthcare, 6(5), 260-268.
Nadler, I., SANDERSON, P., Van Dyken, C., Davis, P., & Liley, H. (2011). Presenting video recordings of newborn resuscitations in debriefings for teamwork training. BMJ Quality and Safety, 20(2), 163-169
Grundgeiger, T., SANDERSON, P., MacDougall, H., & Venkatesh, B. (2010). Interruption management in the Intensive Care Unit: Predicting resumption times and assessing distributed support. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 16(4), 317-334.
Thompson, M., Tear, M., & SANDERSON, P. (2010). Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display: The role of mental and manual load, Human Factors, 52(1), 92-104.
Harrison, W., Thompson, M., & SANDERSON, P. (2010). Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display: Background visual motion and sound motion. Human Factors, 52(1), 78-91.
Nadler, I., Liley, H., & SANDERSON, P. (2010). Clinicians can accurately assign Apgar scores to video recordings of simulated neonatal resuscitations. Simulation in Healthcare, 5(4), 204-212.
Liu, D., Jenkins, S., SANDERSON, P., Fabian, P., & Russell, W. J. (2010). Monitoring with head-mounted displays: A clinical evaluation in the operating room. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 110(4), 1032-1038.
SANDERSON, P. M., Liu, D., & Jenkins, S. (2009). Auditory displays in anaesthesiology. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, 22(6), 788-795.
Liu, D., Jenkins, S., & SANDERSON, P. M. (2009). Patient monitoring with head-mounted displays. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, 22(6), 796-803.
Saleem, J. J., Russ, A. L., SANDERSON, P. M., Johnson, T. R., Zhang, J., & Sittig, D. F. (2009). Current challenges and opportunities for better integration of human factors research with development of clinical information systems. IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics, 48-58.
Liu, D., Jenkins, S., SANDERSON, P. M., Watson, M. O., Russell, W. J., Leane, T., & Kruys, A. (2009). Monitoring with head-mounted displays: Performance and safety in a full-scale simulator and part-task trainer. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 109(4), 1135-1146.
Anderson, J., & SANDERSON, P. (2009). Sonification design for complex work domains: Dimensions and distractors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. 15(3), 183-198.
Grundgeiger, T., & SANDERSON, P. (2009). Interruptions in healthcare: Theoretical views. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 78, 293-307.
Liu, D., Grundgeiger, T., SANDERSON, P. M., Jenkins, S., & Leane, T. (2009). Interruptions and blood transfusion checks: Lessons from the simulated operating room. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 107(1), 219-222.
Thompson, M., & SANDERSON, P. M. (2008). Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display: Sound delivery and self-motion. Human Factors, 50(5), 789-800.
SANDERSON, P. M., Watson, M. O., Russell, W. J., Jenkins, S., Liu, D., Green, N., Llewelyn, K., Cole, P., Shek, V., Krupenia, S. (2008). Advanced auditory displays and head mounted displays: Advantages and disadvantages for monitoring by the distracted anesthesiologist. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 106(6), 1787-1797.
Wee, A., & SANDERSON, P. (2008). Are melodic medical equipment alarms easily learned? Anesthesia and Analgesia. 106(2), 501-508.
Memisevic, R., SANDERSON, P., Wong, W., Choudhury, S., & Li, X. (2007). Investigating human-system interaction with an integrated hydropower and market system simulator. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 22(2), 762-769
Lacherez, P., Seah, E., & SANDERSON, P. (2007). Overlapping medical alarms are almost indiscriminable. Human Factors, 49(4), 637-645.
Loft, S., SANDERSON, P., Mooij, M., & Neal, A. (2007). Modeling and predicting mental workload in en route Air Traffic Control: Critical review and broader implications. Human Factors, 49(3), 376-399.
Watson, M., & SANDERSON, P. (2007). Designing for attention with sound: Challenges and extensions to Ecological Interface Design. Human Factors, 49(2), 331-346.
SANDERSON, P. (2006). The multimodal world of medical monitoring displays. Applied Ergonomics, 37(4), 501-512. [Based on invited plenary address to the International Ergonomics Association Triennial Congress (IEA2006). Maastricht, The Netherlands. 10-14 July, 2006.]
SANDERSON, P., Wee, A., & Lacherez, P. (2006). Learnability and discriminability of melodic medical equipment alarms. Anaesthesia, 61, 142-147.
Li, X., SANDERSON, P. Wong, W. B.-L., Memisevic, R., & Choudhury, S. (2006). Evaluating functional displays for hydropower system: Model-based guidance of scenario design. Cognition, Technology, and Work, 8(4), 269-282.
SANDERSON, P., Tosh, N., Philp, S., Rudie, J., Watson, M., & Russell, W. J. (2005). Effects of ambient music on simulated anaesthesia monitoring with visual and auditory displays. Anaesthesia, 60(11), 1073-1078.
SANDERSON, P. Watson, M., & Russell, W. J. (2005). Advanced patient monitoring displays: Tools for continuous informing. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 101(1), 161-168.
Watson, M. & SANDERSON, P. (2004). Sonification helps eyes-free respiratory monitoring and task timesharing. Human Factors, 46(3), 497-517. [Winner of the 2005 HFES (USA) Jerome Ely Award for Best Paper in Human Factors in 2004].
Reising, D. C. & SANDERSON, P. (2004). Minimally adequate instrumentation in an ecological interface may compromise failure diagnosis. Human Factors, 46(2), 317-333.
SANDERSON, P., Crawford, J., Savill, A., Watson, M., & Russell, W. J. (2004). Visual and auditory attention in patient monitoring: A formative analysis. Cognition, Technology, & Work. 6(3), 172-185.
Watson, M., SANDERSON, P., & Russell, W. J. (2004). Tailoring reveals information requirements: The case of anaesthesia alarms. Interacting with Computers, 16, 271-293.
Naikar, N., Drumm, D., Pearce, B., & SANDERSON, P. (2003). Designing teams for first-of-a-kind, complex systems using the initial phases of cognitive work analysis: Case study. Human Factors, 45(2), 202-217.
SANDERSON, P., Pipingas, A., Danieli, F., & Silberstein, R. (2003). Process monitoring and configural display design: A neuroimaging study. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 4 (2), 151-174.
SANDERSON, P. M. (2003). Cognitive Work Analysis. In J. Carroll (Ed.), HCI Models, Theories, and Frameworks: Toward an Interdisciplinary Science. New York: Morgan-Kaufmann.
Reising, D. C., & SANDERSON, P. (2002-a). Ecological Interface Design for Pasteurizer II: A Process Description of Semantic Mapping. Human Factors, 44(2), 222-247.
Reising, D. C., & SANDERSON, P. (2002-b). Work domain analysis and sensors I: Principles and simple example. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 56(6), 569-596.
Reising, D. C., & SANDERSON, P. (2002-c). Work domain analysis and sensors II: Pasteurizer II case study. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 56(6), 597-637.
Naikar, N., & SANDERSON, P. (2001). Evaluating system design proposals with work domain analysis. Human Factors, 43(4). 529-542.
Seagull, F. J., & SANDERSON, P. M. (2001). Anesthesia alarms in surgical context: An observational study. Human Factors, 43(1), 66-77.
Watson, M., Russell, W. J., & SANDERSON, P. (2000). Anaesthesia monitoring, alarm proliferation, and ecological interface design. Australian Journal of Information Systems, 7(2), 109-114.
Naikar, N. & SANDERSON, P. M. (1999). Work domain analysis for training system definition and acquisition. International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 9(3), 271-290.
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
COGNITION, PERCEPTION, AND HUMAN FACTORS. In my research group we are using theoretical knowledge of perception, action, attention and memory to better design the fit between people and especially demanding work environments (critical care medicine, transportation, military contexts, etc.). Some sample thesis topics follow -- many others are possible. Ultimately, the thesis topic and scope are decided collaboratively with each honours student.
1. Prospective memory, interruptions, and distractions
Concern about the impact of workplace interruptions and distractions is very topical in basic and applied psychology right now. Many kinds of safety critical work (aviation, healthcare) require people to manage multiple threads of work at the same time. What effect do distractions and interruptions have on people's work, and is there a need for remedies of some kind? Theories of prospective memory have helped us make some progress in the area, but much more work needs to be done. You would run a laboratory study in the UQ Usability Laboratory that examines how people manage interruptions.
2. Do video glasses help healthcare practitioners monitor multiple patients?
With the advent of wearable personal technologies such as Google Glass, we need to understand the full impact of HMDs on visual attention. We have been investigating this problem in full-scale medical simulation environments. In the UQ Usability Laboratory we are investigating when video glasses are vs. are not helpful. The results will influence how HMDs are used in healthcare, the military context, and in everyday life. Your lab-based study could be one of those studies.
3. Do tactile displays help healthcare practitioners monitor multiple patients?
The tactile sense is relatively seldom used to display information, compared with the visual or auditory sense, but it is highly portable and it has some powerful alerting properties. We are exploring whether tactile displays keep healthcare professionals "in the loop" on the status of their patients, and whether tactile displays are more effective for this than auditory displays, such as alarms. Your experiment could break new ground in this area.
4. How can a newborn baby's physiological status best be conveyed to neonatologists?
We have an ongoing partnership with Mater Hospital on neonatal resuscitation. About 10% of neonates experience difficulties in the first minutes of life as they make the transition from the uterine environment. We need more effective ways of conveying the newborn's status to the doctors and nurses who assist at this critical time. Your thesis could break new ground and help give infants the best start in life.
RESEARCH GROUP AND LABORATORY. See http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/cerg for more information about the work of our research group. We are based in the UQ Usability Laboratory in Level 1 of the McElwain Building--see http://www.uqul.uq.edu.au for a glimpse of our research environment. Many of our honours students have published their thesis and several have had the subsequent opportunity to travel overseas to present their honours research.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE. If you'd like research experience in our group before starting an honours thesis, or if you'd just like to learn about human factors, you might consider taking PSYC2991 or PSYC2992: see Sanderson entry at http://www.psy.uq.edu.au/current-students/undergraduate/rec/.
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