Human Factors Psychology
Human factors (also known as ergonomics or human engineering) is a scientific discipline which examines human behavior and capabilities in order to find the best ways to design products, equipment and systems for maximum safe, effective, satisfying use by humans. Human factors faculty in our department are currently working on research in a variety of settings and from diverse perspectives areas including:
- basic human performance – perception (auditory and visual), cognition (action-selection, memory, decision making), workload, skill acquisition, and knowledge engineering
- human-computer interaction – web design, multimodal interfaces, and usability testing
- aviation psychology – workload, situation awareness, and interface design for air traffic management
Faculty Involved in Human Factors Research
Dan Chiappe (Professor) – Figurative language; reading; evolutionary psychology; attention; cognition.
Young-Hee Cho (Professor) – Decision making.
Jack Dwyer (Lecturer) – Cognitive modeling; simulation design; aviation psychology.
Lisa Maxfield (Professor) – Cognitive and neural basis of selective attention; attention; memory.
James Miles (Assistant Professor) – Cognitive control processes: stimulus-response compatibility effects: goal intentions and environmental biases interaction.
Thomas Strybel (Professor) – Auditory-visual space perception; auditory-visual displays; multisensory interaction; aviation psychology; human-computer interaction; human factors.
Kim Vu (Professor) – Attention, cognition, display-control compatibility, human information.
Our department has two centers that are an integral part of the human factors program:
The Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies (CHAAT) performs on-going research to measure human performance in complex systems such as the Next Generation Airspace Transportation System (NextGen). We also participate in the training of the future workforce in aeronautics and other NASA-related disciplines, through the training of students in human factors.
The Center for Usability in Design and Assessment (CUDA) is a usability testing laboratory that evaluates software and Web interfaces for ease of use, effectiveness, and satisfaction to users.