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Released: 18-Nov-2020 4:50 PM EST
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Applauds Boeing and FAA for Resolving 737 MAX Human Factors Design Flaws
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) applauds Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson’s order that returns the Boeing 737 MAX to service following the fatal Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashes last year and the aircraft’s subsequent grounding.

Released: 25-Sep-2020 8:15 AM EDT
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Announces New Brand Including Refreshed Mission, Vision, Logo, Tagline, and Website
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) revealed today a new brand identity which includes a new logo and website, as well as refreshed mission, vision, and tagline.

Released: 6-Apr-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society to Host Ergonomics Summit on Safe and Healthy Work or School from Home
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is producing a one-day summit featuring a group of seven renowned ergonomics experts who will provide state-of-the-art guidance for creating more comfortable, safer, and more productive home-based work and school environments. Attendees will learn creative ways to establish ergonomic workspaces and practices and how to avoid discomfort and injury due to increased home-based computer usage without needing to buy new furniture.

Released: 6-Apr-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Leadership Available for Interviews on Safe and Healthy Work or School from Home
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) leaders and experts in the field of human factors and ergonomics are available and willing to serve as expert resources for creating more comfortable, safer, and more productive home-based work and school environments during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are creative ways to establish ergonomic workspaces and practices to help avoid discomfort and injury due to increased home-based computer usage.

Released: 12-Dec-2019 2:25 PM EST
HFES Testifies at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

HFES Government Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Mica Endsley, testified yesterday on behalf of the Society during a U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing entitled “The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Federal Aviation Administration’s Oversight of the Aircraft’s Certification.”

Released: 10-Dec-2019 1:05 PM EST
HFES to Testify at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Government Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Mica Endsley, will testify tomorrow on behalf of the Society during a U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Federal Aviation Administration’s Oversight of the Aircraft’s Certification.

Released: 20-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT
HFES Releases New Book Examining How to Conduct Task Analyses
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The latest book from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Task Analysis: How to Develop an Understanding of Work, is now available for purchase. It is the fourth installment of the Users’ Guide to Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods series. Authored by Jack Stuster, this book outlines five popular task analysis methods and addresses the necessity of studying complex operations.

Released: 17-Jul-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Human Factors Journal Receives High-Ranking Impact Factor Score
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society received an impact factor of 2.649, and now ranks No. 2 in the category of ergonomics, according to Clarivate Analytics. This score reflects Human Factors’ highest impact factor since its inception in 1958. Human Factors is published by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Released: 16-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Releases Policy Statement on Airline Seating
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) has released its policy statement on airline seating in response to Congress requiring FAA update standards for passenger seat dimensions.

Released: 1-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
HFES Releases New Book Exploring How to Create a Well-Designed Questionnaire
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

HFES announces the release of its latest book, Questionnaire Design: How to Ask the Right Questions of the Right People at the Right Time to Get the Information You Need.

Released: 15-Mar-2019 2:30 PM EDT
New Paper Explores Why We Should Train Drivers Using Cars with Autonomous Features
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

A new paper published in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering questions whether drivers of cars with autonomous features should receive training before getting behind the wheel, much like pilots do with autopilot systems.

Released: 16-Oct-2018 1:05 PM EDT
American Roads Not Ready for Self-Driving Vehicles, HFES Policy Statement Says
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress press for removing safety regulations in order to fast-track the introduction of highly automated vehicles, human factors/ergonomics experts recommend requiring important testing and driver support. A newly released statement from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) shows how to make autonomous vehicles safer.

Released: 3-Aug-2018 5:05 AM EDT
Improved Passphrases Could Make Online Experiences Both User-Friendly and Secure
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The human factors researchers’ alternative passphrase systems showed significantly better user recall compared with existing systems.

11-Jun-2018 10:30 AM EDT
Warnings to Texting Pedestrians May Not Eliminate Risks, But They Can Help
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Improving pedestrian safety even in the presence of warnings remains a challenge.

   
Released: 8-Jun-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Researchers Challenge the “Levels of Automation” Framework in Automated Vehicles
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The widespread push by car, truck, and drone makers toward increasingly automated vehicles has moved faster than technology and faster than legislation.

Released: 12-Apr-2018 5:00 AM EDT
Graduate Student Wins Design Contest for Mobile Health App for Those Considering Elective Mastectomy
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Employing user-centered design, Grayson achieved dual goals of aiding not only patients but also researchers seeking data about patients’ decision making.

Released: 12-Mar-2018 3:30 PM EDT
Don’t Talk and Drive: Examination of Nearly 100 Prior Studies on Cell Phone Use in Cars Underscores Hazards
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

In their detailed analysis of dozens of empirical studies on the effects of talking while driving, human factors researchers have provided a comprehensive and credible basis for governments seeking to enact legislation restricting drivers’ use of cell phones.

   
Released: 5-Mar-2018 3:30 PM EST
Don’t Talk and Drive
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Analysis of research from 1991 to 2015 on talking on the phone while driving can inform lawmakers in crafting driver safety legislation.

   
Released: 5-Jan-2018 6:00 AM EST
Inattentional Blindness
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Drivers’ limited capacity to process the myriad details they absorb could explain why they sometimes fail to avoid crashes with motorcycles.

Released: 13-Nov-2017 1:05 PM EST
Testing a Web-Based Teen Driver Training Program to Manage Distraction
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

In new research presented at the HFES 2017 International Annual Meeting, a team of human factors/ergonomics researchers discussed how a supplemental Web-based driver training approach using realistic scenarios and visual effects could help reduce the risks associated with teen driving.

Released: 12-Sep-2017 12:05 PM EDT
Feeling Stressed During the Workday? Research Says Playing Video Games May Help
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

More than half of Americans regularly experience cognitive fatigue related to stress, frustration, and anxiety while at work. Those in safety-critical fields, such as air traffic control and health care, are at an even greater risk for cognitive fatigue, which could lead to errors. Given the amount of time that people spend playing games on their smartphones and tablets, a team of human factors/ergonomics researchers decided to evaluate whether casual video game play is an effective way to combat workplace stress during rest breaks.

Released: 24-Jul-2017 1:05 PM EDT
App Concept Tackles Medication Reminders for Children with Chronic Diseases
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Using a game-based format, the conceptual app engages both children and caregivers to ensure compliance with medication regimens.

Released: 28-Jun-2017 6:00 AM EDT
New Technology Aims to Provide Peace and Positive Stimulation to Dementia Patients
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Patients can engage with the Ambient Activity Technology device any time to view family photos, hear their favorite music, and play games.

Released: 23-Jun-2017 5:00 AM EDT
Don’t Leave Baby Boomers Behind When Designing Wearable Technology
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Accounting for age-related cognitive and physical challenges can increase adoption rates for older users who need help managing their health.

Released: 9-Jun-2017 6:00 AM EDT
New Findings Aim to Improve Global Medical Device Standard on Auditory Alarms
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Participants recognized and remembered each of the four prototype alarm sets better than those designed under the current IEC standard, and could localize three of the four prototype alarms faster and more accurately.

Released: 14-Apr-2017 12:05 PM EDT
Building a Better Model of Human-Automation Interaction
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

People generally make decisions using two ways of thinking: They think consciously, deliberate for a while, and try to use logic to figure out what action to take – referred to as analytical cognition. Or people unconsciously recognize patterns in certain situations, get a "gut feeling," and take action based on that feeling; in other words, they use intuitive cognition.

Released: 13-Apr-2017 6:05 AM EDT
Despite Relatively Less Distraction From Head-Up Displays, It’s Still a Bad Idea to Text While Driving
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Advances in wearable technology offer new possibilities for in-vehicle interaction but also present new challenges for managing driver attention and regulating device use in vehicles.

Released: 28-Feb-2017 5:05 PM EST
Patients at Risk From “Nested Interruptions” in Nursing Tasks, New Human Factors Article Reports
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Laboratory study examines how multilevel interruptions experienced by ICU nurses can affect their performance and, ultimately, patients’ well-being.

19-Jan-2017 12:40 PM EST
Over to You, Automation
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

In determining how much lead time a driver needs before taking over control of the automation in both critical and noncritical situations, system designers should not limit their focus to average time to respond.

Released: 13-Dec-2016 2:05 PM EST
2017 Health-Care Symposium Program Covers Handoff Communication, Device and Facility Design, EHRs and Health Apps, and a Lot More
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The 2.5-day program features more than 180 presentations by health and safety researchers, policy makers, physicians and other health-care providers, medical device designers, health IT professionals, and biomedical engineers.

Released: 9-Dec-2016 3:05 PM EST
User-Friendly Medication Packaging Design Can Boost Patient Safety
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Improvements to text size and placement and color scheme could help consumers – especially the elderly – discriminate medication ingredients to avoid inadvertent overdoses.

Released: 22-Nov-2016 2:05 PM EST
Human Factors Launches Replication Studies Initiative
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human Factors Editor-in-Chief Patricia R. DeLucia has announced that the journal will invite replication studies and has appointed Judy Edworthy, PhD, a current member of the editorial board, to serve as Replications Associate Editor.

Released: 18-Nov-2016 4:05 PM EST
How Much Attention Do Drivers Need to Pay?
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

MiRA, which takes a systems view of the driver in the context of the environment, represents a step toward the detection and classification of inattention.

Released: 1-Nov-2016 11:05 AM EDT
Moving Toward a Gold Standard in Patient Handoff Protocols
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

A deep dive into the research on standardized handoff protocols reveals processes that result in the best outcomes for patients, caregivers, and health-care organizations.

9-Sep-2016 6:00 AM EDT
What Makes a Video Game Great? There’s Now a Scientific Way to Stop GUESSing
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human factors researchers developed the Game User Experience Satisfaction Scale (GUESS), a psychometrically validated instrument that measures satisfaction on key factors such as playability, narratives, creative freedom, social connectivity, and visual aesthetics.

Released: 2-Sep-2016 3:05 PM EDT
Personnel Selection and Training Could Mitigate the Effects of Cognitive Lock-Up Among Automation Operators
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

A paper just published in Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, describes a correlation between an operator’s working memory and ability to sustain attention and a phenomenon known as cognitive lock-up, when an individual focuses longer on an initial failure event than on subsequent failures.

Released: 2-Sep-2016 1:05 PM EDT
HFES Annual Meeting Presentations to Focus on Human Factors in Cyber Security
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Papers and panels will address human-centered issues in cyber operations, including situation awareness, vigilance, task-switching, and training.

Released: 1-Sep-2016 6:05 PM EDT
Latest Findings From Human Factors Research on Automated Systems and Vehicles To Be Presented at HFES 2016 Annual Meeting
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Many human factors experts - some of whom are attending the 2016 Annual Meeting - are studying effects of automation in vehicles to help ensure the safe application of technology for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and infrastructure.

14-Jul-2016 1:00 PM EDT
Helping Doctors Transform Their Practices Into Patient-Centered Models of Health Care
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The article demonstrates the effectiveness of teaching practice facilitators how to use cognitive task analysis to help them guide doctors's office staff in changing to a patient-centered model.

Released: 25-May-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Which Free Web Apps for Collaboration Are the Most User-Friendly?
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

A study recently published in Ergonomics in Design noted the results of an evaluation of 20 popular apps for usability, including Google Drive, Skype, Doodle Poll, Gmail, Windows Hotmail, CoSketch, and DropBox.

Released: 25-Apr-2016 7:05 PM EDT
Robots May Be Able to Lift, Drive, and Chat, but Are They Safe and Trustworthy?
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Automation expert Thomas B. Sheridan concludes that the time is ripe for human factors researchers to contribute scientific insights that can tackle the many challenges of human-robot interaction.

Released: 12-Apr-2016 1:05 PM EDT
Standing Up for Comfort
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Sit-stand computer workstations are intended to provide a healthier and more comfortable work environment. But how do you find the best setup of workstation components for a standing workstation? And should it be the same as the setup you use when you’re sitting down?

Released: 25-Feb-2016 6:05 PM EST
Who(What)’s Driving and When?
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Advancing the state of knowledge about human factors aspects of autonomous passenger vehicles are two studies published recently in Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. One assesses the level of drivers’ trust in the autonomous car. The other suggests that drivers will respond best to verbal prompts alerting them to driving conditions and the state of the vehicle.

Released: 11-Feb-2016 6:05 PM EST
“Haptic Glasses” Could Make Car Navigation Safer, Less Distracting
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human factors/ergonomics researchers have developed an alternative navigation system that uses haptic (touch) communication instead of voice that, along with a visual display, shows promise to address the issue of cognitive overload in the car.

Released: 8-Dec-2015 8:05 AM EST
On a Scale of 1 to 5, How Distracting Is Talking to Your Car? HF/E Researchers Develop a New Framework for Measuring Cognitive Distraction
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Distractions while driving can come from visual, physical, and cognitive sources. A special section of the December 2015 Human Factors presents a framework for measuring cognitive distraction, followed by expert commentaries that suggest a way forward for reducing crash risk.

Released: 9-Nov-2015 4:05 PM EST
Polling Station Environments Matter: Physical Layout Can Impact the Voting Experience
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human factors/ergonomics researchers examined the relationship between U.S. voting system usability and the polling station environment because these systems are so diverse and little is understood about the impact of one on the other. The study reveals that if environmental features and system attributes deter people from voting, it could lead to altered election outcomes.

Released: 16-Oct-2015 6:05 PM EDT
Think Again Before Tapping the Install Button for That App
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The results from a recent study showed that multitasking when using mobile devices creates stress and increases the potential for choosing unsafe apps.

Released: 13-Oct-2015 6:05 PM EDT
Electronic Personal Health Record Systems: Not Usable for All
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

A new study published in Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society used a human factors approach to identify PHRs’demands on users and evaluated the ability of adults of lower socioeconomic status and low health literacy to use a select sample of these systems to perform common health-management activities.

Released: 5-Oct-2015 9:00 AM EDT
Paper on Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety Awarded 2015 Human Factors Prize
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society congratulates Thomas Franke, Nadine Rauh, Madlen Günther, Maria Trantow, and Josef F. Krems on receiving the 2015 Human Factors Prize for their article, “Which Factors Can Protect Against Range Stress in Everyday Usage of Battery Electric Vehicles? Toward Enhancing Sustainability of Electric Mobility Systems.”

Released: 21-Sep-2015 12:05 PM EDT
Mind Your Manners, Robot: How Social Cues Influence Human-Robot Interaction
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

New research to be presented at the HFES 2015 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles in October examines the importance of social cues when evaluating the role of trust in human-robot interaction.


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