Human Performance Enhancement in High-Risk Environments: Insights, Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research

Human Performance Enhancement in High-Risk Environments: Insights, Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research

Human Performance Enhancement in High-Risk Environments: Insights, Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research

Human Performance Enhancement in High-Risk Environments: Insights, Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research

Synopsis

This book presents a collection of works written by military researchers on the human performance research being carried out in the military.

• 34 distinguished military researchers have written chapters for this book

• Each chapter is followed by a reference list/bibliography

Excerpt

As the military and other organizations work to optimize technologyenhanced human performance in increasingly dangerous high-risk situations, the need for a comprehensive collection of best practices has emerged. In response to that need, the editors of this volume have compiled recommendations from military and civilian researchers that include: (1) field-tested strategies and practices to maximize safety, (2) processes for selection of team members to achieve the most effective function, and (3) design of efficient training to prepare team members to perform highly complex tasks. The intention of this volume, as part of the Praeger Technology, Psychology, and Health series, is to provide examples of how these human performance issues are being addressed in the military and to describe how lessons learned can be applied to other, nonmilitary, high-reliability organizations (HROs).

With contributions from the brightest researchers working on human performance issues, the Technology, Psychology, and Health series was established to showcase the remarkable advances being achieved through the integration of research from diverse disciplines, where unified approaches to psychology, engineering, training, and practice result in more effective human systems applications. The volumes in the series address the general themes of requisite foundational knowledge, emergent scientific discoveries, and practical lessons learned, as well as cross-disciplinary standards, methodologies, metrics, techniques, practices, and visionary perspectives and developments. As part of this ongoing series, this volume explores the critical area of human performance enhancements in high-risk environments with the hope that these narratives will advance the general understanding of these challenges, providing solutions that increase opportunities for success while minimizing risk.

The chapters in this volume are arranged in four sections, each focusing on a key enabler of HROs: team selection, training, safety, and design. Although each chapter in the section emphasizes lessons learned from the military, the examples included offer applications beyond the military domain and are . . .

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