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Parasuraman: Neuroergonomics: The Brain at Work

"For some of us who grew up in the field of cognitive psychology, there has been a certain frustration that our colleagues were more interested in methodological and conceptual refinement via precisely controlled laboratory studies than in translation of our efforts to real working environments. The problems posed by Neuroergonomic"involving the reciprocal interaction of brain and physical world"not only provide ergonomics with a route to analysis of work that goes beyond traditional assessment of performance and subjective ratings, but can also enhance the efforts of basic neuroscience. This book should be on the shelf of every human factors and ergonomics researcher who cares about the future of the field. It elaborates the promise of what might be and the effort required to complete the journey."
"Marvin J. Dainoff, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Director, Center for Ergonomic Research, Miami University

"Don't be caught without it"Parasuraman, Rizzo, and their colleagues have organized for us a conceptual framework and its interconnecting lattices of theory, methodology, and practice. Left unchecked, as technology"s jumps and starts have proven to be, modern society has lost the bubble on humans" ability to harness its benefits and, unacceptably, understand and curb its often-multifaceted risks. In delineating a more fundamental understanding of humans" evolved cognitive and sensory processes, Neuroergonomics pushes back with the necessary foundation for positive exploitation of today"s scientific advances. With its convergent-technologies mantra, this book will be current for years to come. Its examples of application to automated and hybrid systems, "agents", and complex-dynamic human"system interaction tally up to provide several courses" and disciplines" worth of expertise in one coherent, highly readable document, sure to be a reference classic."
"Rene Jos. de Pontbriand, Associate Director for Research, Human Research and Engineering Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

"In this authoritative volume the world of work (ergonomics) meets the new methods and results that have been developing from cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, and molecular genetics. The chapters illustrate how this mixture of science and application provides the potential for designing new technologies and improving their use by people."
"Michael Posner, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon, and Adjunct Professor, Weill Medical College, Sackler Institute

"Parasuraman and Rizzo have forced us to think about humans at work in a whole new way. At first the term "neuroergonomics" made me skeptical, but the book makes clear the importance and timeliness of this new brain-based perspective. The editors have gathered the key authors and made a great contribution."
"Thomas B. Sheridan, Professor of Engineering and Applied Psychology (Mechanical Engineering), Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About the Authors
Raja Parasuraman is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. He has longstanding research programs in human factors and cognitive neuroscience. His previous books include Varieties of Attention (1984), Automation and Human Performance (1996), and The Attentive Brain (1998). In 2004 he received the Franklin V. Taylor Award for Lifetime Achievement in Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology from the American Psychological Association. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Chair of the National Research Council"s Committee on Human Factors in the National Academy of Sciences.

Matt Rizzo is Professor of Neurology, Engineering, and Public Policy at the University of Iowa, where he directs the Division of Neuroergonomics and is a senior member of the Division of Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience. He is also a Development Executive and Science Advisor at a New York-based media company producing documentaries for major television venues. Dr. Rizzo has longstanding research support through the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has contributed to many scholarly papers and books, served on numerous professional committees, and is a member of several professional organizations.

Cover art: Kandinsky, Wassily (1866-1944) © ARS, NY, Hornform, Berlin. June 1924. Oil on cardboard, 57.5 × 49.5 cm., Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Photo Credit: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

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