2nd Edition

Introduction to Human Factors Applying Psychology to Design, 2nd Edition

    400 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    400 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This textbook comprehensively introduces readers to the cutting-edge field of human factors psychology, offering real-world examples illustrating how experimental findings can be used to improve the design of tools and environments that we use every day. The second edition provides updated text, examples, pedagogical boxes, and references. 

    This title:

    • Showcases pedagogical boxes that end with thought questions to encourage student processing and application of the material.

    • Includes instructor materials such as PowerPoint slides, activities, and exam items to facilitate teaching for instructors who are new to the course.

    • Presents theoretical and practical implications of applying psychology to design with the use of examples.

    • Discusses anthropometric tools, anthropometric data collection methods, hand biomechanics, and hand tools.

    • Highlights diversity and inclusion throughout each chapter.

    The textbook is an ideal read for senior undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of ergonomics, human factors, and psychology.

    The textbook will be accompanied by teaching resources including PowerPoints, a test bank with answers and an end of chapter questions answer key for the instructors.


    Preface to Second Edition

    Preface to First Edition

    Author biographies

    1. Introduction to Human Factors.

    2. Research Methods.

    3. Visual, Tactile, and Olfactory Displays.

    4. Auditory Displays and Speech Communication.

    5. Methods of Evaluation.

    6. Attention, Memory, and Information Processing.

    7. Decision Making.

    8. Motor Skills and Control.

    9. Anthropometry and Biomechanics.

    10. Environmental Design.

    11. Human Error: Causes and Prevention.

    12. Future Trends in Human Factors.



    Nancy J. Stone received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Texas Tech University, USA.  She created and taught the undergraduate Human Factors course at Creighton University. Nancy is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and currently serves on the Executive Council. She served as the Educational Technical Group (ETG) Program Chair and the ETG Chair. She also served on and then became Chair of the Education and Training Committee of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Her involvement in human factors education led to her invited article on human factors education in the Special 50th Anniversary issue of Human Factors. Her research is in the areas of environmental design, teamwork, and student learning. 

    Alex Chaparro received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Texas Tech University, USA, and completed a postdoc at Harvard University in the departments of Psychology and Applied Sciences.  He is a Professor in the Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  He has taught human factors courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. His research concerns the effects of distraction and aging on driving performance.

    Joseph “Joe” R. Keebler received his PhD in Applied/Experimental Human Factors Psychology from the University of Central Florida, USA. Joe currently serves as an Associate Professor of Human Factors at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Joe’s work is aimed at experimental and applied research, with a specific focus on training and teamwork in military, medical, and consumer domains. He has partnered with multiple agencies and institutions in his career, with most projects aimed at the implementation of human factors in complex, high-risk systems, to increase safety and human performance. This work includes over 100 publications, book chapters, proceedings papers, and presentations.

    Barbara S. Chaparro has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Texas Tech University, USA. She is a Professor in the Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology Department and Head of Research in User eXperience (RUX) Lab at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her research interests include the study of factors that influence the user experience (UX) of products and systems, the investigation of usability assessment methods, and the efficacy of augmented/mixed reality devices and applications.

    Daniel S. McConnell has a Ph.D. in Sensory Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington, USA, and completed a postdoc at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Co-Director of the Technology and Aging Laboratory at the University of Central Florida. His research focuses on the visual control of reaching, the analysis of human movement kinematics, and human motor performance in the context of technology use.