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Neuroergonomics: The Brain at Work

Parasuraman, R.; Rizzo, M.

Abstract

Neuroergonomics can be defined as the study of brain and behavior at work. It combines two disciplines: neuroscience, the study of brain structure and function; and ergonomics, the study of how to match technology with the capabilities and limitations of people so they can work effectively and safely. The goal of merging these two fields is to use the startling discoveries of human brain and physiological functioning both to inform the design of technologies in the workplace and home, and to provide new training methods that enhance performance, expand capabilities, and optimize the fit between people and technology.

Research in the area of neuroergonomics has blossomed in recent years with the emergence of non-invasive techniques for monitoring human brain function that can be used to study various aspects of human behavior in relation to technology and work, including mental workload, visual attention, working memory, motor control, human-automation interaction, and adaptive automation. This book provides an overview of this emerging area, describing the theoretical background, basic research, major methods, as well as the new and future areas of application.

Citation

Parasuraman, R, and Matthew Rizzo. 2006. Neuroergonomics: The Brain At Work. Neuroergonomics: The Brain At Work. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177619.001.0001.