The Origins of Human-tech

Alex Kirlik

in Human-Tech

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199765140
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863358 | DOI:

Series: Human Technology Interaction Series

The Origins of Human-tech

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This chapter reviews research on human-tech. This book's author began his research career in the discipline of human factors engineering in the mid 1980s. This was an era of increasing disillusionment, especially among those with design orientations, with the received view that dominated the prevailing culture of his field: that human factors was both largely and essentially a branch of experimental psychology, one known as engineering psychology. The author was influenced by Jens Rasmussen who observed a variety of mismatches between both the theoretical and methodological tools available in the human factors marketplace and the pressing needs of cognitive engineering researchers and practitioners. A second, perhaps less direct but nevertheless highly influential influence on the author were James J. Gibson's theories of direct perception and affordances. Strongly inspired by both Rasmussen and Gibson, in his PhD dissertation the author had seemingly found a way to leverage the resources of both these theorists, resulting in an interface design framework called ecological interface design (EID).

Keywords: human factors; Jens Rasmussen; human factors engineering; ecological interface design; experimental psychology

Chapter.  3907 words. 

Subjects: Engineering (General)

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