This volume promotes engineering psychophysiology as a discipline and demonstrates its value to a new audience who we hope will consist of ergonomists, human factors psychologists, and engineers. The editors use a broad definition of what constitutes engineering, including all aspects of the fields known as human engineering, industrial engineering, and safety and systems engineering.
The two goals for the volume are reflected in the subtitle. The Issues section introduces the components critical for the successful application of psychophysiological methods to problems in engineering. The chapters are intended to provide an introduction for the reader who is unfamiliar with psychophysiology and to provide the newcomer to the discipline with an overview of the basic theoretical, measurement, instrumentation, and experimental design questions inherent in the use of psychophysiological methods. The Applications section illustrates the many ways that psychophysiological methods are already being used in engineering applications. A broad definition of application is used to include laboratory and simulation research, as well as field studies, and all of the chapters address questions that are relevant for applying psychophysiological methods in the field. The editor's intent is to stimulate investigators to use these methods in new problem areas; therefore, the content of the chapters varies widely, from reviewing specific psychophysiological measures to reviewing work performed on specific engineering problems.
"The book's 17 well-written chapters present a variety of psychophysiological applications meant to stimulate ideas on how to apply this rapidly progressing methodology to new ergonomics problem areas….The timing for this volume is excellent because the capability of psychophysiological instruments continues to increase while costs of microcomputerization in instrumentation, data acquisition, and analysis equipment continue to fall. This book will be of tremendous value in graduate ergonomics and human experimental psychology classrooms. Multidisciplinary research teams attempting to measure and predict human performance in almost any complex and stressful working environment should read this book to gain substantive ideas on what to study and alternative perspectives on how to measure it."
—Ergonomics in Design
"…this book is unique in covering a broad range of aspects, such as theory, hard- and software requirements, and examples from complex laboratory tasks and experiments in real-life settings….The book provides a good overview of the state of the art in psychophysiology that is valuable for both experts and nonexperts."
"…The book turned out to be very readable, covering an interesting and developing field….if you can read and absorb the information while sitting on a bike in the gym, then you know that the book is well written. The book is also timely in that many of the traditional barriers to the use of psychophysiological measures, particularly in field work, are being removed by advances in technology….Given the way this book has been pitched, it would make a useful addition to the bookshelf of anyone involved in the study of behavioural factors."
Contents: Preface. Part I: Issues. W. Boucsein, R.W. Backs, Engineering Psychophysiology as a Discipline: Historical and Theoretical Aspects. A.W.K. Gaillard, A.F. Kramer, Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Psychophysiological Research. J.F. Thayer, B.H. Friedman, The Design and Analysis of Experiments in Engineering Psychophysiological. H. Luczak, M. Göbel, Signal Processing and Analysis in Application. J. Fahrenberg, C.J.E. Wientjes, Recording Methods in Applied Environments. Part II: Applications. G. Mulder, L.J.M. Mulder, T.F. Meijman, J.B.P. Veldman, A.M. van Roon, A Psychophysiological Approach to Working Conditions. J.K. Lenneman, R.W. Backs, The Validity of Factor Analytically Derived Cardiac Autonomic Components for Mental Workload Assessment. A. Gundel, J. Drescher, J. Turowski, Alertness in Airline Pilots During Night Flights: Assessment of Alertness Using EEG Measures. M.H. Bonnet, D.L. Arand, The Effect of Naps and Caffeine on Alertness During Sleep Loss and Nocturnal Work Periods. J.A. Caldwell, Jr., J.L. Caldwell, Studying Pharmacological Performance Enhancement With Behavioral, Subjective, and Electroencephalographic Measures. M.W. Scerbo, F.G. Freeman, P.J. Mikulka, A Biocybernetic System for Adaptive Automation. G. Freude, P. Ullsperger, Slow Brain Potentials as a Measure of Effort? Applications in Mental Workload Studies in Laboratory Settings. E.J. Sirevaag, J.A. Stern, Ocular Measures of Fatigue and Cognitive Factors. W. Boucsein, The Use of Psychophysiology for Evaluating Stress-Strain Processes in Human-Computer Interaction. H. Luczak, J. Springer, Psychophysiological Analysis of Design Work: Ergonomic Improvements Derived From Stress-Strain Research. U. Lundberg, G. Johansson, Stress and Health Risks in Repetitive Work and Supervisory Monitoring Work. A. Yagi, Engineering Psychophysiology in Japan.