Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems / Edition 2

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Overview

In terms of simple and complex systems, it is a whole new world out there. At the initial publication of this book, fourteen years ago, the web was in its infancy, DVDs did not exist, cell phones were few and far between, and the information superhighway was just a blip upon the horizon. If you used the terms "social engineering," you were most likely a political scientist, and if you were "phishing" you might be listening to a rock band.

The second edition of a bestseller, Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems provides the necessary understanding of the breadth and depth of human factors issues that influence the design, implementation, and evaluation of products and systems. Emphasizing the close relationship between basic theory and application, the authors delineate a framework for the research process, present an integrated view of the current state of knowledge, and examine how these factors can be applied to system design. The new edition addresses such concepts as situation awareness and highlights topics of interest, with a special focus on computer applications and human-computer interaction.

See what’s new in the Second Edition

  • New topics, such as situational awareness, that capture the tremendous changes in human factors and ergonomics
  • Tightly integrates basic research and application, strengthening the link between knowledge and practice
  • Each chapter includes a separate box that discusses a topic of current interest related to human interaction with computers and recent technology

Demonstrating a general approach to solving a broad range of system problems, the book provides coverage of the theoretical foundation on which the discipline of human factors is built. Structured around human information processing, it covers the full range of contemporary human factors and ergonomics, then shows you how to apply them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805841190
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Historical Foundations of Human Factors
Historical Foundations of Human Factors
Research Methods in Human Factors
Reliability and Human Error in Systems
Human Information Processing

Perceptual Factors and Their Applications
Visual Perception
Perception of Objects in the World
Hearing, Proprioception, and the Chemical Senses
Display of Visual, Auditory, and Tactual Information

Cognitive Factors and Their Applications
Attention and the Assessment of Mental Workload
Retention and Comprehension of Information
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Experts and Expert Systems

Action Factors and Their Applications
Response Selection and Principles of Compatibility
Control of Movement and Learning of Motor Skill
Controls and Controlling Actions

Environmental Factors and Their Applications
Anthropometrics and Workspace Design
Environmental Ergonomics
Human Resource Management and Macroergonomics
Practice of Human Factors

Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Glossary
References
Index

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