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"The problems posed by Neuroergonomics-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...sure to be a reference classic." --Rene Jos. de Pontbriand, Associate Director for Research for the Human Research and Engineering Directorate at the 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

"For a comprehensive understanding of the field of neuroergonomics, this is the book. The editors and contributors are distinguished researchers and this is a landmark book for this fairly young field..."--Doody's

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About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Human Technology Interaction Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195368657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195368659
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hrishikesh Kale on October 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
The main purpose of this review is to give a synopsis of the book, as well as provide my opinion on the presented neuroergonomic topics and my impression of the book as a whole.

Overall Opinion:
"Neuroergonomics: The Brain at Work" is an intelligently assembled look into the emerging field of neuroergonomics. Put together by one of the leading researchers in the area in Dr. Raja Parasuraman, the book explains complex testing methods with great clarity while still maintaining the imagination to inquire the potential impact of various research projects. While the topic of assessing neural activity and stress during a workplace task may come off as uninteresting, the future of neuroergonomics in adaptive automation and virtual reality certainly captured my interest.

Neuroergonomics a relatively young field that is focused on using science to improve performance in the workplace. Neuroergonomic research works to use neuroscience methods, for example neural imaging, to assess stress during a task and then figure out how to reduce this stress and increase productivity. The core philosophy behind the field is that the key to understanding how well someone works, is to analyze the very thing that allows them to solve problems in the first place, their brain. The various methods for evaluating the brain during a task include electroencephalography, event-related potentials, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and even transcranial doppler sonography. These methods strive to figure out location and timing of the associated neural activity. While most research is involved in identifying inhibitors of productivity, other research is geared towards connecting the brain and the outer environment with real-time evaluation and response technology.
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