Psychology and Brain Sciences | Human Factors / Ergonomics
P350 | 25793 | Gruenenfelder

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.