1st Edition

Human Factors in Practice Concepts and Applications

    Human Factors in Practice: Concepts and Applications is written for the practitioner who wishes to learn about human factors (HF) but is more interested in application (applied research) than theory (basic research). Each chapter discusses the application of important human factors theories, principles and concepts, presented at a level that can be easily understood by layman readers with no prior knowledge or formal education in human factors. The book illustrates to the non-HF practitioner the many varied domains in which human factors has been applied as well as serving to showcase current research in these areas. All chapters address the common overarching theme of applying human factors theories, principles and concepts to address real-world problems, and follow a similar structure to ensure consistency across chapters. Standard sections within each chapter include a discussion of the scientific underpinnings, a description of relevant HF methods and guidance on sources of further information, case studies to illustrate application, and a summary of likely future trends. Each chapter concludes with a short list of key terms and definitions to enhance the reader’s understanding of the content. Featuring specialist contributors from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds, the book represents a diverse range of perspectives on human factors and will appeal to a broad international audience. It is consciously not a classroom textbook but rather intended to be read at the workplace by non-HF practitioners, and written specifically with their needs in mind. Reading this book will give all practitioners a solid grounding in modern human factors and its application in real-world situations.

    Preface. Editors' Introduction. Senses in Action. Cognition in Action. Measuring Human Performance in the Field. Situation Awareness in Sociotechnical Systems. Automation in Sociotechnical Systems. User-Centered Design in Practice. Workspace Design. Training Design. Looking Ahead: Human Factors in Sociotechnical Systems.


    Haydee M. Cuevas, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Aviation School of Graduate Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, she worked for over 7 years as a Research Scientist at SA Technologies, Inc. She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology from the University of Central Florida.

    Jonathan Velázquez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Campus Assessment Coordinator for the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Jonathan earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He possesses a Master in Educational Arts degree in University Teaching from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.

    Andrew Dattel, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Aviation School of Graduate Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, where he also is the Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research in Transportation Systems (CERTS) Lab. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Factors from Texas Tech University.

    "Overall, this is a useful text for those who need a brief, accessible introduction to HF. It is also a good review for HF professionals who would like a quick reminder of key principles and references from areas within the diverse field of HF and outside their own specialty."
    Ergonomics in Design, April 2020