Accession Number:

ADA125344

Title:

Research Needs for Human Factors.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC COMMITTEE ON HUMAN FACTORS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-01-19

Pagination or Media Count:

169.0

Abstract:

System design and the world of work are undergoing profound changes. In a period when automation is replacing the need for finely tuned perceptual-motor activities by skilled operators, human productivity is no longer easily assessed in terms of unit output. New systems place increased demands on the cognitive and decision-making aspects of human performance. The role of people in systems is shifting to those of monitoring and directing otherwise automatic processes in industrial production, transportation, military operations, and office work. These changes in human-machine relations both offer new opportunities and present new problems for system design. It is therefore timely and appropriate that the committees first report of research needs in human factors emphasizes the importance of understanding fundamental cognitive processes and their role in interactive and supervisory control systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE