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Introduction

Human physical performance is a domain of human abilities. Many of the assessment problems in this area are those met by psychologists interested in individual differences in other domains of human abilities. However, until recently, the constructs for describing the domain of physical abilities were not well defined and the range of capacities and measures to be included needed to be specified. This entry deals with research on the definition and organization of physical abilities, the identification of diagnostic and reliable measures for assessing particular physical abilities, and the assessment and predication of performance in physically demanding tasks and jobs.

There is today particular interest in physical abilities in the workplace due to a number of national and social concerns. One concern stems from the ...

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