Psychology and Brain Sciences | Human Factors/Ergonomics
P350 | 26610 | Gruenenfelder, T.


P350, Human Factors/Ergonomics, is concerned with the human side of
technology. What is (are) Human Factors? In some respects, human
factors can be considered the application of sensory and cognitive
psychology—the use of principles from our knowledge of how the
senses and brain work to create a more productive, more fun, and
safer world. Human Factors is also a discipline onto itself.  How
can we take humankind’s penchant for building tools and drive it
towards building more productive and safer tools? The term “tool” is
used here very broadly. It includes pliers and hammers, but also
toothbrushes, toasters, cars, control rooms of nuclear power plants,
computers, and more. The first part of the course will be an
introduction to selected traditional areas in Human Factors. The
second part of the course will focus on the area of Human and
Computer Interaction, the area where the plurality of today’s Human
Factors Psychologists earn their living.