Designing for Humans / Edition 1

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Overview

Nature aside, the world in which we live should be designed for us, from everyday products like scissors and chairs to complex systems in avionics, medicine and nuclear power applications. Now more than ever, technological advances continue to increase the range and complexity of tasks that people have to perform. As a discipline, human factors psychology (ergonomics) therefore has an increasingly important role to play in ensuring that the human user's physical characteristics, cognitive abilities and social needs are taken into account in the development, implementation and operation of products and systems.
In this book, Jan Noyes provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of human-machine interaction and the design of environments at work. Focusing on topics relevant to user-centred design, she includes coverage of the capabilities and limitations of humans, human-machine interactions, work environments, and organizational issues. Health and safety issues underpin a large amount of work on the human factors of design, and these are addressed fully throughout the book. Each chapter includes case studies that demonstrate the real-world relevance of the points being made and concludes with a list of key points.
Although aimed primarily at advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in organizational and occupational psychology, this book will also be of relevance to students on engineering, computing and applied psychology/human factors programmes.

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This book offers an overview of human-machine interaction and the design of work environments. It focuses on topics related to user- centered design, including the capabilities and limitations of humans, organizational issues, and health and safety concerns. Case studies demonstrate the applications of the principles discussed. Noyes is Graduate Dean of Science at the University of Bristol. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415227223
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/9/2001
  • Series: Psychology at Work Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Noyes is currently Graduate Dean of Science at the University of Bristol. In 1999 she was awarded the prestigious Otto Edholm medal for her contributions to applied research in ergonomics.

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Table of Contents

List of tables
List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Human Factors 1
2 Humans: capabilities and limitations 20
3 Human-machine interaction 38
4 Work environments 70
5 Organisational issues 97
6 Occupational health 118
7 Safety 137
Epilogue 163
References 166
Annex 199
Author index 202
Subject index 207
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