Human Error

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 26, 1990 - Psychology - 302 pages
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Human Error, published in 1991, is a major theoretical integration of several previously isolated literatures. Particularly important is the identification of cognitive processes common to a wide variety of error types. Technology has now reached a point where improved safety can only be achieved on the basis of a better understanding of human error mechanisms. In its treatment of major accidents, the book spans the disciplinary gulf between psychological theory and those concerned with maintaining the reliability of hazardous technologies. As such, it is essential reading not only for cognitive scientists and human factors specialists, but also for reliability engineers and risk managers. No existing book speaks with so much clarity to both the theorists and the practitioners of human reliability.
 

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User Review  - Perry Johnson - Goodreads

A difficult read but worth it to understand human error from the perspective of the cognitive psychologist. Reason is the author of the "Swiss Cheese Model" which holds that accidents are the result ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark McGranaghan - Goodreads

A solid review of the science underlying human error. More appropriate for those working on the science itself than practitioners looking to apply it. Read full review

Contents

The nature of error
1
Studies of human error
19
Performance levels and error types
53
Cognitive underspecification and error forms
97
A design for a fallible machine
125
The detection of errors
148
Latent errors and systems disasters
173
Assessing and reducing the human error risk
217
Appendix
251
References
258
Name index
291
Subject index
296
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