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Applying Systemic-Structural Activity Theory to Design of Human-Computer Interaction Systems

1st Edition

By Gregory Z. Bedny, Waldemar Karwowski, Inna Bedny

CRC Press

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Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) is an interdisciplinary field that has gained recognition as an important field in ergonomics. HCI draws on ideas and theoretical concepts from computer science, psychology, industrial design, and other fields. Human–Computer Interaction is no longer limited to trained software users. Today people interact with various devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. How can you make such interaction user friendly, even when user proficiency levels vary? This book explores methods for assessing the psychological complexity of computer-based tasks. It also presents methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis of exploratory activity during interaction with a computer.


"The book overcomes the traditional separation between cognition, behavior, and motivation using a systemic approach to the analysis of human work activity. The new approach enables a more user-friendly design of tasks in HCI and ergonomic design of complex human–machine systems such as operation of automatic or semiautomatic systems. … The authors did an outstanding job."

—Helmut Strasser, Ergonomics Division Siegen University/Germany

"… presents a new systemic view based on activity theory to a very challenging multi-dimensional field. … The theory presented in the book is put into practice and can be used also by practitioners in different fields."

—Jussi Kantola Professor, University of Vaasa, Finland

Table of Contents


Concept of Self-Regulation Outside of Activity Theory

Concept of Self-Regulation versus Input/Output Task Analysis

Self-Regulation from Control Theory Perspectives

Self-Regulation in Cognitive Psychology

Self-Regulation in Action Theory

Concept of Self-Regulation in I/O Psychology

Overview of the Concepts of Self-Regulation

Concept of Self-Regulation in Activity Theory: Psychophysiology and Psychophysics Perspectives

General Characteristics of Activity Approach

Anokhins Concept of Functional Self-Regulative System

Bernshtein’s Concept of Self-Regulation and Motor Activity Analysis

Applications that Derived from the Psychophysiological Study of Self-Regulation

Analysis of Activity Strategies in Signal Detection Tasks

Concept of Self-Regulation in Systemic-Structural Activity Theory and Strategies of Task Performance

Concept of Self-Regulation and SA: Comparative Analysis

Self-Regulation Model of Orienting Activity

General Model of Activity Self-Regulation

Individual Aspects of Activity Self-Regulation

Self-Regulation of Positioning Actions Performance

Thinking as a Self-Regulative System and Task Analysis

Meaning and Sense as a Tool of Thinking Process

Meaning as a Function of Standardized Actions

Study of Thinking in the Framework of Task Analysis

Self-Regulation Model of Thinking Process

Integration of Cognitive and Activity Approaches in the Study of Thinking

Attention as a Self-Regulative System

Mechanisms of Attention and Strategies of Information Processing

Self-Regulative Model of Attention


Cognitive and Behavioral Actions as Basic Units of Activity Analysis

Description and Classification of Cognitive Actions

Principles of Cognitive Actions Extraction in Task Analysis

Description of Motor Actions and the Time of Their Performance

MTM-1 and Strategies of Activity Performance

Morphological Analysis of Work Activity during Performance of Human-Computer Interaction Tasks

Introduction to Morphological Analysis of Activity

Algorithmic Task Analysis versus Constraint-Based Approach


Quantitative Assessment of Task Complexity Computer-Based Tasks

Analysis of Existing Method of Complexity Evaluation of Computer-Based Tasks

Theoretical Principles for Evaluating the Complexity of the Computer-Based Task

Complexity Evaluation: Practical Example

Basic Principles of Morphological Analysis of Computer-Based Tasks

Extraction of Cognitive and Behavioral Actions from Eye and Mouse Movement Data

Action Classification Table Analysis

Algorithmic Description of Task and Its Time Structure Analysis

Evaluation of Task Complexity of Computer-Based Task

Introduction to Human Reliability Assessment

Method of Human Reliability Assessment of Computer-Based Tasks

Error Analysis in Computer-Based Tasks

Systemic-Structural Activity Approach to Reliability Assessment of Computer-Based Tasks

Objectively Logical Analysis of the Existing Method of Task Performance

Algorithmic Description of Existing Method of Task Performance

Analysis of Erroneous Actions and Failures for the Existing Method of Task Performance

Reliability Assessment of the Existing Method of Task Performance

Algorithmic Description of the New Method of Task Performance

Evaluation of the Reliability of New Method of Task Performance

Formalized and Quantitative Analysis of Exploratory Activity in HCI Tasks

General Characteristics of a Web-Survey Task

Algorithmic Description of the Web-Survey Task

Analysis of Abandoned Actions




About the Authors

Gregory Bedny presently resides in Wayne, NJ. He works as a Research Associate at Evolute, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. He is an American citizen who emigrated from the former Soviet where he earned his Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the Educational University of Moscow and a Post-Doctorate Degree (ScD) in Experimental Psychology from the Institute of General and Educational Psychology, National Pedagogical Academy of Science of USSR. He also is Academician of the International Academy of Human Problems in Aviation and Astronautics in Russia and Honorary Doctorate in Science, Ukrainian State University. For his achievements in psychology he has been awarded the Medal of the Ukrainian National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. He is the author of five original scholarly books, the latest of which were published in USA. The first one was co-authors with Dr David Meister in the US in 1997. This book published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. The second book was co-authored with Dr. Karwowski in the US in 2007. This book published by Taylor and Francis Group. He also is the co-editor of two books published by Taylor and Francis Group in 2008 and 2011. He was invited editor of journal Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, V-5, #3, 2004. In former Soviet Union he worked as Industrial Engineer of Food Processing Machinery Factory, Industrial Psychologist in Industrial Research and Consulting Institute. After receiving his doctorate degrees he worked as associate and then full professor in Construction Engineering State University, in Marines Postgraduate School (part time), Pedagogical University in Odessa, Ukraine. He is author of different textbooks for universities in former Soviet Union. Dr Bedny has been conducting research on general and systemic-structural activity theory for the past 25 years. Systemic-structural activity theory is high level generality theory from which derived unified and standardize methods of study human work. He is the author of multiple articles in this field. He applied his theoretical study in field of human-computer interaction, manufacturing, merchant marines, robots systems, work motivation, training, reducing fatigue etc.

Waldemar Karwowski, Ph.D., D.Sc., P.E. is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida, USA. He is also Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. He holds an M.S. (1978) in Production Engineering and Management from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, and a Ph.D. (1982) in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University, USA. He was awarded D.Sc. (dr habil.) degree in management science by the State Institute for Organization and Management in Industry, Poland (2004). He also received Honorary Doctorate degrees from three European universities. He is past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2007), and Past President of the International Ergonomics Association (2000-2003).Dr. Karwowski served on the Committee on Human Systems Integration, National Research Council, the National Academies, USA (2007–2011). He is a Co-Editor of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing journal, and Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science journal. He is an author or editor of over 400 scientific publications in the areas of human systems integration, cognitive engineering, activity theory, systems engineering, human-computer interaction, fuzzy logic and neuro-fuzzy modeling, applications of nonlinear dynamics to human performance, and neuroergonomics.

Dr. I. S. Bedny is a computer professional with Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. She is doing research applying SSAT to Human Computer interaction. She is the author or co-author of over 10 scientific publications in the field of HCI.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / Human-Computer Interaction
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety