This volume examines the nature of human error -- its causes and origins, its classifications, and the extent to which it is possible to predict and prevent errors and their impact. One of the first texts to deal with this topic in detail, it draws into a single cohesive account contributions from experts in a range of disciplines including psychology, philosophy, and engineering. Offering an insightful discussion of fundamental and necessary questions about the nature and source of human error, the book draws significant conclusions and identifies areas worthy of further exploration. This volume will be of interest to all who are concerned with the impact human error has on both the individual and society.
Contents: E.A. Fleishman, Foreword. Preface. Introduction. Some Queries and Some Definitions. On Taxonomic Issues. On Theories of Error. On the Prediction of Error. On the Reduction or Elimination of Error. On the Proper Classification of Errors. On the Causes of Error. Risk Management and the Control of Error. Epilogue: Further Commentaries on Error. O. Pereira, All the King's Men. J. Wreathall, An Update on Human Error.
Bridging both academic and applied interests, the Applied Psychology Series offers publications that emphasize state-of-the-art research and its application to important issues of human behavior in a variety of societal settings. To date, more than 50 books in various fields of applied psychology have been published in this series.