First published: Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Review, May 2013
Written by: Eugene Canavan
“Ergonomics, by necessity, has moved away from unitary problems of singular task analysis to remain relevant in a more complex world where the boundaries between work and play are blurred with interaction opportunities facilitated by inter-connecting systems and technologies. In today’s world a broad, holistic approach to ergonomics is more relevant than ever. It is the interactions between system elements such as humans, equipment and environment that are the future focus of ergonomics rather than the artefacts themselves. This is a very interesting distinction; in an increasingly complex world it is our memory, perception and thought process that is the future focus of ergonomics. For ergonomists the area of cognitive psychology and its current thinking on memory and thought processing has never been so important in the goal of understanding human behaviour and performance. ”
Eugene Canavan is the Medical Design Director for Design Partners and lectures in the Centre for Medical Device Design in NCAD, Ireland.
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