About the book
Ergonomics is a multidisciplinary science concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data, and methods to design to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. To this extent, ergonomics comprises three main fields of research: physical, cognitive, and organizational ergonomics. Physical ergonomics is concerned with the consequences of repetitive motion, materials handling, workplace safety, comfort in the use of portable devices, keyboard design, working postures, and the work environment. Cognitive ergonomics deals with the mental (intellectual and psychological) aspects of the operator-activity relationship: perception, reasoning, memory, stimuli, psycho-motor responses, etc. Organizational ergonomics is concerned with the optimization of sociotechnical systems, including their organizational structures, policies, and processes.
This book is designed to provide an extensive literature review, uncover contemporary research, and shed a light on the researchers in all three fields of ergonomics.