Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science (Theor Issues Ergon Sci)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science stimulates and develops a theoretical basis for the science of ergonomics, and thus formulates a methodology for this modern discipline. The Journal is proactive in its mission to develop a unique science, and seeks to define ergonomics as distinct and inherently valuable for the global knowledge community. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science provides an important forum for the presentation and debate of new ideas and thinking in this field. Whereas, other ergonomics publications have traditionally only responded to current needs and issues. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science emphasizes new knowledge, publishing only original, high-quality, peer-reviewed papers. Topics will include both qualitative and quantitative methodological frameworks and theories of ergonomics. Reviews and commentaries are commissioned. The journal presents papers that discuss principles of the investigative process in ergonomics research, social and historical issues, and 'science of science' perspectives on ergonomics. It also publishes papers examining the discipline itself, including bibliographical analyses of classic papers. Unlike any other ergonomics journal published today, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science focuses on a broad array of theoretical issues, methodology, and philosophical dialogues within the science of ergonomics.

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Website Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science website
Other titles Theor. issues in ergon. sci
ISSN 1463-922X
OCLC 45789787
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

  • Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1111464

  • Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1106617

  • Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1111463

  • Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1106620

  • Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1106618

  • Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1111462

  • Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1111461

  • Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1109732
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    ABSTRACT: Workload transitions present individuals with sudden changes in workload. These transitions may affect stress and coping behaviour. Two experiments were performed using a digit detection task that shifted between low and high workload levels to examine transition effects on performance, stress, and effort. The first experiment used a large magnitude transition and resulted in decreased estimates of task engagement and effort. Over time, the levels of subjective stress observed in the transitioned groups approached those of the non-transitioned control groups. The second experiment used a transition more moderate in magnitude. The results were similar to those from the first experiment except that the transition resulted in higher, sustained task engagement and effort. These findings indicate that over time, the perceived stress of transitioned individuals will approach those of non-transitioned individuals; however, the magnitude of the transition may influence individuals to either increase or decrease task-oriented, effortful coping.Relevance to human factors/ergonomics theoryPrevious research on the effect of workload transitions on experienced stress has produced conflicting results. Drawing upon transactional stress theory and motivational intensity theory, two experiments were conducted which resolve some of those conflicting findings. This research adds to our understanding of how workload transitions may affect individuals' experienced stress.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2015; 16(6). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1084397
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    ABSTRACT: Employers need a clear understanding of the risk factors associated with low back (LB) injury for future prevention in the workplace. A data mining approach was used to analyse data-sets (Workers' Compensation claims data for employees participating in a health and wellness programme at a Midwestern university) in a retrospective study to summarise the risk factors associated with LB injury. Eight risk factors (age, cause of injury, night shift, fatigue, emotional health, stress level, physical and emotional impairment) are associated with LB injury in the workplace. Age was an effect modifier: lifting, twisting, bending (LTB) and emotional risk factors were associated for employees younger than 40 years old, whereas LTB, slips, trips, falls, and physical risk factors for employees 40 and older. Future considerations discussed not only engineering solutions, but the psychological and lifestyle risk factors associated with LB injury and the need for development of preventative programmes.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 10/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1088101
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this research was to evaluate and compare the creative tension of university students in three different universities in South Korea and Finland. The creative tension, or the gap between a person's feeling of current reality and target for future, was analysed according to features describing their committing factors related to their universities and studies. Data for this study were collected from 41 university students through self-evaluation using internet-based survey instrument. The application was able to identify the creative tension in each group of university students, and the results show differences in creative tension across the universities and also between countries. This type of in-depth analysis into the cultural perceptions of attributes offers valuable new information for academia and businesses.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 10/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1093671
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    ABSTRACT: Cultural diversity makes it impossible for designers to depend on instinctive knowledge or personal experiences. Therefore, it is vital to understand the requirements, communication patterns, and mental models of users from diverse cultures. The aim of this research is to probe whether incorporating cultural factors into web design can improve the web communication (usability). In this research, two cultures are selected based on Hofstede's cultural dimension model, and the local website audit is further constructed to check if there are significantly different preferences for a web interface design between two cultures (Taiwanese and Australian cultures). The web usability experiment is then established to test if those culturally preferred characteristics can improve the web communication (usability). The results of the usability test reveal that cultural preferences can facilitate the web communication. Furthermore, the suggestions for cross-cultural interaction design are concluded based on the results of the web communication evaluation.Relevance to human factors/ergonomics theory This research is relevant to human factors/ergonomics theory.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 10/2015; 16(6):1-25. DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1084398
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    ABSTRACT: In the cognitive sciences, intuition is described as a way of processing information based on automatic, affective and personal standards, but it is not the opposite of rationality. Designers generate solutions to daily issues, which forces them to make decisions that cannot be always understood rationally. Designing for experiences is a delicate practice in a rational perspective, since the designer's interpretation on how to trigger particular experiences can be highly influenced by intuition. Designers have a choice to use intuition in the design process without control, or to understand the process and use it consciously. In this context, self-knowing is a key factor in intentional intuiting. This paper aims at discussing how intuition works when professionals design for experiences and, by providing the basis to understand the process, offers inputs on how to deal with it, avoiding biases in the design practice and helping to develop self-knowledge.Relevance to ergonomics theory In recent decades, ergonomics has been concerned with the understanding of designing to evoke or prevent particular experiences among users. The designer's challenge is to interpret users’ bodily experiences, commonly without awareness of the situation or context in which they are perceived. The design process is often affected by intuition and its role needs to be understood by professionals in order to be used accurately. Theoretical inputs from cognitive psychology are discussed in relation to the design practice, to help improve ergonomics theory in the context of intuition in designing for experiences.The paper indicates that a designer can make a conscious decision to use intuition when designing for experiences. The use of intentional intuiting in this context does not exclude rational thinking, but complements it and helps qualifying design decision-making, since it reduces the use of biased subjectiveness in the interpretation on how to evoke or prevent particular experiences. The training of intentional intuiting is possible but challenging since it takes time, and the keys to successful use of intuition lay in self-knowing and appropriate state of mind of a designer.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 10/2015; 16(6):1-12. DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1089019
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    ABSTRACT: This paper aims to systematically explore the relationship between affect, cognition, and driving behaviours. Whereas some driving models partially address drivers' affective factors, the majority of them have focused on cognitive aspects. Thus, it would be helpful to construct an affect-integrated driving behaviour research model. First, I briefly assessed the current driving models and identified critical cognitive elements commonly found among those models. Next, the mechanisms of affective effects on those cognitive processes were described. Then, I showed the effects of affective states on driving performance. Finally, a conceptual model for affect-related driving behaviour research was proposed and followed by discussions from the theoretical and practical perspectives. This review helps researchers construct a more naturalistic and generic driving behaviour model, conceptualise affect detection research with a clearer idea of what affect needs to be detected and why, and develop an affect regulation model and adaptive system for multiple drivers.Relevance to human factors/ergonomics theory The present paper reviews affect-related driving research and proposes an affect-integrated driving model based on theoretical and practical evidence. This paper will contribute to conduct more comprehensive driving behaviour research and design an adaptive in-vehicle affect detection and mitigation system.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 07/2015; 16(6):1-33. DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1067934
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    ABSTRACT: The complexity of contemporary society can be described as diversity between individuals, expressed in terms not only of mental and physical capabilities, but also of social and cultural differences. Human diversity, however, can be considered as a limit or a resource for socio-economic development. Design for inclusion has already demonstrated that confronting human diversity, in a different way than ‘classical’ ergonomics has done so far, can represent a major economic and social opportunity, for collective well-being. This inclusive and participatory approach to design is also gaining ground in the specialised production sector of maritime transportation design. Starting from a reading of the socio-demographic phenomena behind the growing human diversity in contemporary society, the author ventures brief remarks about some early good practices for maritime transportation, highlighting their direct and indirect benefits and opportunities.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 07/2015; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1014070
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    ABSTRACT: The quality of the environment is related to the availability of natural lighting and views. In the field of yachting, the design solutions proposed make this relation critical. The demand of representation and sociality required needs the introduction of new systems of windows, new concepts of terraces and new layouts. These proposed solutions contribute to create a new relation between the interior of the boats and the exterior deck, attributing new meanings within the social idea of ‘going into the sea’. The small portholes aspire to become large openings for dialogue with the sky and sea. The unstable horizon of the boat, related to the dynamic changing nature of views and the changing natural lighting, generates very difficult conditions about the control of the factors that can help the designer to determine the good size of the domestic interiors and their relationship with the environment.This paper presents the results of a research based on the topic of the visual pleasantness in yachting, conducted at the Department of Architecture, University ‘G. D'Annunzio’ of Chieti-Pescara (Italy). The research has developed a system of guidelines for the aware-design of the openings to the outside in the nautical living spaces, taking into account the constraints imposed by the marine environment, activities and postures of users.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 07/2015; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.1003992