5th Edition

Engineering Psychology and Human Performance

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ISBN 9781032011738
August 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
600 Pages 133 B/W Illustrations

USD $200.00

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Book Description

Forming connections between human performance and design, this new edition of Engineering Psychology and Human Performance examines human-machine interaction. The book is organized directly from a psychological perspective of human information processing and chapters correspond to the flow of information as it is processed by a human being—from the senses, through the brain, to action—rather than from the perspective of system components or engineering design concepts. Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: identify how human ability contributes to the design of technology; understand the connections within human information processing and human performance; challenge the way they think about technology’s influence on human performance; and show how theoretical advances have been, or might be, applied to improving human-machine interaction.

This new edition includes the following key features:

  • A new chapter on research methods
  • Sections on interruption management and distracted driving as representation of cogent examples of applications of engineering psychology theory to problems in society
  • A greatly increased number of references to pandemics, technostress, and misinformation
  • New applications
  • Amplified emphasis on readability and common-sense examples
  • Updated and new references throughout the text

This book is ideal for psychology and engineering students, as well as practitioners in engineering psychology, human performance, and human factors. The text is also supplemented by online resources for students and instructors.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Research Methods 3. Signal Detection and Absolute Judgment 4. Attention in Perception and Display Space 5. Spatial Displays 6. Spatial Cognition, Navigation and Manual Control 7. Language and Communication 8. Memory and Training 9. Decision Making 10. Selection of Action 11. Multitasking 12. Mental Workload and Stress 13. Human Automation Interaction

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Christopher D. Wickens is Professor Emeritus of Psychology from the University of Illinois, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, and Senior Scientist at AlionSciences Company in Boulder, Colorado. He has won teaching awards including the Psi-Chi award and the Paul M Fitts award from the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

William "Deak" S. Helton is Professor and Director of Human Factors and Applied Cognition at George Mason University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was awarded the American Psychological Association Earl Alluisi Award for Early Career Achievement and the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology Griffith Prize.

Justin G. Hollands is a Defense Scientist and Senior Advisor to the Human Systems Integration Section at Defense Research and Development Canada - Toronto. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Simon Banbury is the owner and President of Looking Glass HF Inc., an independent Canadian-based Human Factors consultancy specializing in optimizing how people interact with technology He is also a Professeur Assoc of the School of Psychology at the University Laval, Canada.


"I have always been a fan of this book since its first edition. It has accompanied my whole academic life since then. The current 5th edition is another update with many new data and insights. It continues to be the best introduction to Engineering Psychology I am aware of." —Prof. Dr. Dietrich Manzey, Technical University Berlin, Germany