Local Applications of the Ecological Approach to Human-Machine Systems

Synopsis

There is a growing consensus in the human factors/ergonomics community that human factors research has had little impact on significant applied problems. Some have suggested that the problem lies in the fact that much HF/E research has been based on the wrong type of psychology, an information processing view of psychology that is reductionistic and context-free. Ecological psychology offers a viable alternative, presenting a richer view of human behavior that is holistic and contextualized. The papers presented in these two volumes show the conceptual impact that ecological psychology can have on HF/E, as well as presenting a number of specific examples illustrating the ecological approach to human-machine systems. It is the first collection of papers that explicitly draws a connection between these two fields. While work in this area is only just beginning, the evidence available suggests that taking an ecological approach to human factors/ergonomics helps bridge the existing gap between basic research andapplied problems.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Wendy Arnone
  • Steven B. Flynn
  • Thomas A. Stoffregen
  • Jacqueline Grosz
  • Th. Rolf Rysdyk
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Hillsdale, NJ
Publication year:
  • 1995