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Engineering Psychology & Human Performance, 4th Edition

By Christopher D. Wickens, Justin G. Hollands, Raja Parasuraman, Simon Banbury

Published by Taylor and Francis

Published Date: Oct 7, 2012


Forming connections between human performance and design


Engineering Psychology and Human Performance, 4e examines human-machine interaction. The book is organized directly from the psychological perspective of human information processing. The chapters generally correspond to the flow of information as it is processed by a human being--from the senses, through the brain, to action--rather than from the perspective of system components or engineering design concepts.

This book is ideal for a psychology student, engineering student, or actual practitioner in engineering psychology, human performance, and human factors


Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Identify how human ability contributes to the design of technology.
  • Understand the connections within human information processing and human performance.
  • Challenge the way they think about technology’s influence on human performance.
  • show how theoretical advances have been, or might be, applied to improving human-machine interaction

Table of Contents

In this Section:
1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents





Chapter 1:  Introduction to Engineering Psychology and Human Performance

Chapter 2:  Signal Detection, Information Theory and Absolute Judgment

Chapter 3:  Attention in Perception and Display Space

Chapter 4:  Spatial Displays

Chapter 5:  Spatial Cognition, Navigation and Manual Control

Chapter 6:  Language and Communications

Chapter 7:  Memory and Training

Chapter 8:  Decision Making

Chapter 9:  Selection of Action

Chapter 10: Attention, Time sharing and Workload

Chapter 11: Mental Workload, Stress, and Individual Differences: Cognitive and Neuroergonomic Perspectives 

Chapter 12: Automation

Chapter 13: Epilogue




Chapter 1:  Introduction to Engineering Psychology and Human Performance


          Research Methods

          A model of Human Information Processing

          Pedagogy of book


Chapter 2:  Signal Detection, Information Theory and Absolute Judgment


          Signal Detection Theory

          The ROV Curve

          Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory


          Absolute Judgment


          Supplement: Information Theory


Chapter 3:  Attention in perception and Display Space


          Selective Visual Attention

          Parallel Processing and Divided Attention

          Attention in the Auditory Modality



Chapter 4:  Spatial Displays

          Graphical Perception

          Dials, Meters, and Indicators: Display Compatibility

          The Third Dimension: Egomotion, Depth, and Distance

          Spatial Audio and Tactile Displays



Chapter 5:  Spatial Cognition, Navigation and Manual Control

          Frames of Reference

          Applications to Map Design

          Environmental Design

          Information Visualization

          Visual Momentum

          Tracking, Travel and Continuous Manual Control

          Virtual Environments and Augmented Reality



Chapter 6:  Language and Communications


          The Perception of Print

          Applications of Unitization and Top-Down Processing

          Recognition of Objects


          Multimedia Instructions

          Product Warnings

          Speech Perception

          Transition: Perception and Memory


Chapter 7:  Memory and Training


          Working Memory

          Interference and Confusion

          Expertise and Memory

          Everyday Memory

          Situation Awareness

          Planning and Problem Solving


          Long Term Memory: Representation, Organization, and Retrieval



Chapter 8:  Decision Making


          Classes and Features of Decision Making

          An Information Processing Model of Decision Making

          What is “Good” Decision Making

          Diagnosis and Situation Assessment in Decision Making

          Choice of Action

          Effort and Meta Cognition

          Experience & Expertise in Decision Making

          Improving Decision making

          Conclusion and Transition


Chapter 9:  Selection of Action

          Variables Influence Simple and Choice RT

          Variables Influencing Choice Reaction Time

          Stages in Response Time

          Serial Responses




Chapter 10: Attention, Time sharing and Workload


          Effort and Resource Demand


          Executive Control, Switching and Resource Management

          Distracted Driving

          Task Similarity, Confusion and Crosstalk

          Individual Differences in Time Sharing

          Conclusion and Transition


Chapter 11: Mental Workload, Stress, and Individual Differences: Cognitive and Neuroergonomic Perspectives 


          The Neuroergonomic Approach

          Mental Workload

          Stress, Physiological Arousal, and Human Performance

          Individual Differences

          Conclusion and Transition


Chapter 12: Automation


          Examples and Purposes of Automation

          Automated-Related Incidents and Accidents

          Levels and Stages of Automation

          Automation Complexity

          Feedback on Automation States and Behaviors

          Trust in and Dependence on Automation

          Adaptive Automation

          Designing for Effective Human-Automation Interaction



Chapter 13: Epilogue

          Subject Index

          Name Index

Purchase Info

ISBN-10: 0-205-02198-0

ISBN-13: 978-0-205-02198-7

Format: Book

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