Human Factors and Ergonomics

Ergonomics and human factors seek to optimize the performance of human systems by enhancing the fit between individuals and their work environments. This is accomplished through the practical application of knowledge of human abilities and limitations to the design of operational processes or systems, automation, interfaces, training, and, more generally, performance aids. Developed along similar lines as industrial and organizational psychology, the career field owes much of its early successes to applications in support of military efforts in World War II. Of these early success stories, one of the most notable involved redesigning pilot controls on military aircraft in response to a large number of pilots flying their airplanes into the ground. Despite extensive training, the pilots were not able to control their aircraft under ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles