Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems, Second Edition

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CRC Press, Apr 22, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 696 pages
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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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Contents

Historical Foundations of Human Factors
3
Research Methods in Human Factors
25
Reliability and Human Errorin Systems
53
Human Information Processing
81
Perceptual Factors and Their Applications
109
Visual Perception
111
Perception of Objectsin the World
137
Hearing Proprioceptionand the Chemical Senses
165
Part IV Action Factors and Their Applications
339
Response Selection and Principles of Compatibility
341
Control of Movement and Learning of Motor Skill
367
Controls and Controlling Actions
397
Environmental Factors and Their Applications
431
Anthropometrics and Workspace Design
433
Environmental Ergonomics
467
Human Resource Management and Macroergonomics
499

Display of Visual Auditoryand Tactual Information
193
Part III Cognitive Factors and Their Applications
227
Attention and the Assessment of Mental Workload
229
Retention and Comprehension of Information
261
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
289
Experts and Expert Systems
315
Practice of Human Factors
531
Values of log2 n and p log2 p
557
Glossary
559
References
571
Back cover
639
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