Introduction to the Handbook

John D. Lee and Alex Kirlik

in The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199757183
Published online May 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Introduction to the Handbook


Since its origins some 30 years ago as a subdiscipline of both human factors and cognitive science, cognitive engineering has grown into a diverse yet coherent body of research and practitioner activity focused on informing the human-centered design of engineered systems and workplaces. To introduce this handbook, we first provide a brief statement of the perspectives that gave rise to the selection and organization of the research it presents. We then situate cognitive engineering historically, both as a maturation of cognitive science to embrace applications and as an outgrowth and extension of human factors enabled and required by developments in information technology and automation. Finally, in the concluding sections of the chapter, we apply a cognitive engineering approach to the book itself, using large-scale data collection and analysis, statistical modeling, and pictorial visualization to provide the reader with a set of windows into the contents of this handbook. We hope that these windows function as effective user-centered aids to facilitate both efficient use and to communicate the research themes comprising contemporary cognitive engineering to a broad audience of students, researchers, and practitioners.

Keywords: historical foundations; themes; text analysis; visualization

Article.  6164 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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