Cognitive task analysis is [Task analysis] applied to modern work environments such as supervisory control where little physical work occurs, but the tasks are more related to situation assessment, decision making, and response planning and execution.

(“Task Analysis” 2023)

Cognitive task analysis has been used to examine:

  • Performance differences between novices and experts
  • Mental workload associated with complex controls and displays
  • Decision-making of experts
  • The development and evolution of mental models.
  • Information requirements for command and control systems
  • Troubleshooting, fault isolation, and diagnostic procedures

(“Cognitive Task Analysis Usability Body of Knowledge” n.d.)

Also see Applied cognitive task analysis.


“Cognitive Task Analysis Usability Body of Knowledge.” n.d. Accessed August 5, 2023.
“Task Analysis.” 2023. Wikipedia, March.