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Principles and Practice of Aviation Psychology

1st Edition

Edited by Pamela S. Tsang, Michael A. Vidulich

CRC Press

624 pages

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Hardback: 9780805833904
pub: 2002-08-01
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Principles and Practice of Aviation Psychology is an important addition to the literature in aviation psychology. Covering the history of aviation to the actual pilot actions and tasks today, the editors have brought together a wonderful set of contributors who are leaders in this field. The text presents psychological principles and research pertinent to the interface between a pilot and the cockpit. Understanding the cognitive demands and the capabilities and limitations of the pilot has important implications on selection and training of pilots and display/control designs in the cockpit. Emphasis is placed on the scientific methods of achieving this understanding together with the view that theories and principles of human behavior would have much to learn from practical problems and applied studies.


"I found the book immensely thought provoking and utterly engaging….This outstanding book deserves a place, not on the bookshelf, but open on the desk of any student or professional working in the field of aviation or engineering psychology."


"It is a highly useful book for those who wish for a comprehensive overview of a complex topic. It could also serve as a graduate text for aviation psychologists and engineers and as a practical guide for aviation professionals…who need practical guidance when solving aviation problems."

Ergonomics in Design

"In the middle of the last century, the authors of the first ergonomics textbook (Chapanis, Garner, & Morgan, 1949) were wrestling with many aspects of a new field … At the beginning of a new century, Tsang and Vidulich offer an edited volume of 14 chapters presenting the tough problems and the principles relevant to solving them."

F.T. Durso, J.I. Norris, A.R. Dattel

The International Journal of Aviation Psychology

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Foreword. Series Foreword. P.S. Tsang, M.A. Vidulich, Introduction to Aviation Psychology. R.N. Haber, L. Haber, Perception and Attention During Low-Altitude High-Speed Flight. L.R. Young, Spatial Orientation. M.A. Vidulich, Mental Workload and Situation Awareness: Essential Concepts for Aviation Psychology Practice. C.D. Wickens, Aviation Displays. D. O'Hare, Aeronautical Decision Making: Metaphors, Models, and Methods. C.D. Wickens, Pilot Actions and Tasks: Selection, Execution, and Control. R.A. Hess, Pilot Control. R. Parasuraman, E.A. Byrne, Automation and Human Performance in Aviation. T.R. Carretta, M.J. Ree, Pilot Selection Methods. J. Patrick, Training. M.K. Kaiser, J.A. Schroeder, Flights of Fancy: The Art and Science of Flight Simulation. P.J. Sherman, Applying Crew Resource Management Theory and Methods to the Operational Environment. P.S. Tsang, Assessing Cognitive Aging in Piloting.

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Human Factors in Transportation

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety