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  • The dynamics affecting human performance, often in service of the reduction of human error and better systems design. Researchers in this field study the physical, cognitive, psychological, and social contributors to effective task performance, efficient systems use, and user satisfaction.

    The terms human factors and ergonomics are often used synonymously. Ergonomic studies began in the workplace as researchers and designers conducted detailed studies of physiology and biomechanics to improve task performance through the improved design of related equipment. Human factors, a term first used in the U.S. aviation industry, distinguished itself initially through the inclusion of the cognitive, psychological, and social factors affecting task performance and user adoption of technology. Currently, both terms are being used to describe the research and development of optimal human performance ...

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