The Effect of the Alert Signal in Changing the Operability and Productivity of the Activity



The article is devoted to the investigation of the consequences of “warning signals” on performance results. The role of the time for signaling the beginning of activity in the formation of the initial readiness and the transition from the phase of the state of rest to the working state is analyzed, namely, the issue of changing the productivity of the activity when manipulating the “warning effect” is studied. Based on the results of the survey, 108 people in 5 experimental groups with manipulation of the signaling timing of the beginning of the solution of motor and sensory tasks can conclude that the localization of signals at different intervals of preparation for activity determines changes the efficiency of the transition from phase of operational rest to the phase of the working state. Intermediate warning signal at different stages of activity, heterochronically affects the performance and its stability. This trend is reflected in the accelerating and retarding effect of the alert signal.

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Keywords: approximate attention, attention to the time interval, notification effect, alert signal, warning signal, efficiency of productivity

Journal rubric: Psychology of Labor and Engineering Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Smirnova Y.K., Kashirskiy D.V. The Effect of the Alert Signal in Changing the Operability and Productivity of the Activity. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2020. Vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 194–208. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2020130315. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Yana K. Smirnova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of the Department of General and Applied Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Altai State University, Barnaul, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Dmitry V. Kashirskiy, Doctor of Psychology, Docent, Professor of Psychology Department, Russian State Social University, professor, Department of Psychology and Human Capital Development, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation., Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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