A Guide to Methodology in Ergonomics: Desiging for Human Use

A Guide to Methodology in Ergonomics: Desiging for Human Use

A Guide to Methodology in Ergonomics: Desiging for Human Use

A Guide to Methodology in Ergonomics: Desiging for Human Use

Synopsis

The evaluation and assessment of appropriate design approaches for usable human-machine interfaces is at the heart of ergonomics. A Guide to Methodology in Ergonomics arises from work, carried out by Neville Stanton for the EPSRC/Department of Transport, to compile and review a pool of methodologies currently used throughout the human factors world. The costs and benefits for each are assessed, as are the usability and applicability. A Guide to Methodology in Ergonomics will be an invaluable resource for professional ergonomists, students at masters and post-graduate levels, and industry and business professionals undertaking in-house ergonomic evaluations.

Excerpt

The availability of reliable and valid ergonomics methodologies enables the effective analysis and design of tasks to be performed by humans. By using these, the system's operational effectiveness should improve through reduced error rates, faster learning and performance times, and higher satisfaction in task performance.

Ergonomics methodologies encompasses physical, psychophysical, social and psychological methods. They also include specific methodologies relating to ergonomics audits and the use of computer software for ergonomics modelling. Physical methodologies deal with such topics as anthropometric measurements, physiological expenditure of energy and muscular exertions. Psychophysical methodologies deal with such topics as physiological measures of psychological activities (e.g. eeg, eog, sinus arrhythmia, and breathing rates). Social ergonomics methodologies deal with the analysis, composition and design of group work and the whole field of macroergonomics.

The purpose of this book is to concentrate on a select but widely utilized group of psychological ergonomics methods, hence its publication is very timely. It provides practitioners with valuable insight into how, where and why each of the methodologies cited in the book has its unique utility and advantage. the step-by-step process provided with each methodology and the abridged nature of the book will make this a requirement for every ergonomics practitioner's bookshelf.

Gavriel Salvendy

Nec Professor of Industrial Engineering

Purdue University

March 1999

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