This book presents new data in Applied Activity Theory (AAT) and Systemic-Structural Activity Theory (SSAT), that can be used in the study of human performance. The SSAT is the high-level generality theory that offers standardized principles of the analyses of human activity. These principles can be utilized in theoretical and applied studies. This multi-contributed book offers a selection of works that will provide a holistic picture of the field. The new data can be utilized for the study of extremely complex human-machine and human-computer interaction systems, and for evaluation of efficiency, complexity, and reliability of such systems at the design stage.
Section 1: Analysis of Activity as a Structurally Organized and Self-Regulative System and Methods of its Study. 1. Applied and Systemic-Structural Activity Theories. 2. Analysis of Variable Tasks with Probabilistic Structure and Reliability of Performance. 3. Modeling and Automated Support of Goal-Directed Decision Making under Risk and Uncertainty. 4. Self-Regulation Models of Perceptual Process and Memory. 5. Systemic Approach to Operators’ Performance and Railroad Safety. Section 2:. Efficiency of Performance and Quantitative Methods. 6. Factor of Significance and its Measurement. 7. Mental Workload vs Human Capacity Factor: a Way to Quantify Human Performance. 8. Study of Production Process in Building Construction Industry Using Technological Units of Analysis. 9. Heart Rate as an Indicator of Physiological Strains. Section 3: Management and Education. 10. A Systemic Approach to the Study of Psychological Factors in Management. 11. Role of Information and Communication Technology in Students’ Knowledge and Skill Development. 12. The Systemic-Structural Activity Theory Paradigm as a Method of Designing Efficient Human Performance.
The aim of this series is to attract the researchers and practitioners who can share their knowledge in the areas of Ergonomics, Work and Engineering Psychology with concentration in human performance, design of human-computer interface and equipment in light of efficiency, safety, reliability, performance optimization considering task complexity, optimization of design and performance based on evaluation of task complexity and reliability.