Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science Journal Impact Factor & Information

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

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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: Globally operating machine manufacturing companies need practices for recognising local safety requirements, as well as for designing the products for, and delivering them to, wider markets. This study aimed to determine (1) companies’ product delivery strategies for managing product safety compliance and conformity in their supply chains, (2) the problems that arise in managing the product safety-related requirements and (3) how companies tackle these problems. The study comprised interviews with 25 representatives of 2 large internationally operating European companies manufacturing machines for use at work. The companies’ strategies for decoupling the local safety requirements from their standard products covered make-to-stock, assemble-to-order, make-to-order and engineering-to-order. The problems were experienced mostly in systematic discovering and processing of the requirements, responsibility issues and unequal practices within global organisation. To tackle these problems, a company must have tools and practices to manage the information needs and understand the concepts of product delivery strategies.Relevance to human factors/ergonomics theory Companies must have tools to integrate the design of safe and ergonomic products into engineering design process. This article discusses the safety design of machines intended for use at work from the compliance management and supply chain management perspectives. The topics are not new per se, but they can create a novel combination in the safety research for the scientific community. This article provides novel information for the safety researchers regarding safety-related challenges within global business as well as the applicability of adapted theories in safety research. As a conclusion, the authors give recommendations to better tackle the issue of manufacturing-compliant products cost-effectively for differing customers and markets.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 07/2015; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1033034
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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
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    ABSTRACT: Experience Design gained a lot of attention from both academic and professional research. The state of the art covers the theoretical notions of User Experience and provides designer with step-by-step methodologies. Another great amount of references addresses some specific moments of the design process. While being specific and extensive on these topics, literature lacks in explaining how to move from the abstract level of Experience to the pragmatic choice of product features. Designers who intentionally aim at creating products able to elicit specific meaningful experiences can benefit from the introduction of a methodological tool that supports them through the Experience-driven design process. The final goal of the tool is to help designers in visualising and deconstructing the Experience they wish to recreate in the product, into a set of sensory features. The article introduces a ‘working principle’, a strategy to fulfil the Experience Design process, considering some fundamental scientific resources. On these bases, we will present a first draft of the tool and narrate the results of a pilot validation study with designers. The paper ends with an exploration of future developments and possible directions of research in the Experience Design domain.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 07/2015; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1014069
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    ABSTRACT: The maritime industry is increasingly becoming dependent on dynamic positioning (DP) systems for automated vessel station keeping. This study aimed to reveal characteristics of DP operators’ situation awareness (SA) and decision-making during critical incidents. Information from a total of 24 critical incidents was collected from 13 experienced DP using the critical decision method. The results indicate that in 10 incidents, the DP operators were unable to identify the base events (e.g. did not form level 1 SA) but were able to identify the problem (e.g. understand the situation; e.g. form level 2 SA). These findings indicate that the establishment of high-level SA may happen even without low-level SA. This study contributes to an improved understanding of the development of SA and the recovery of critical incidents during complex maritime operations.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 07/2015; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.1001007
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    ABSTRACT: There is a growing requirement within the field of intelligent automation for a formal methodology to capture and classify explicit and tacit skills deployed by operators during complex task performance. This paper describes the development of a dual methodology approach which recognises the inherent differences between continuous tasks and discrete tasks and which proposes separate methodologies for each. Both methodologies emphasise capturing operators’ physical, perceptual, and cognitive skills, however, they fundamentally differ in their approach. The continuous task analysis recognises the non-arbitrary nature of operation ordering and that identifying suitable cues for subtask is a vital component of the skill. Discrete task analysis is a more traditional, chronologically ordered methodology and is intended to increase the resolution of skill classification and be practical for assessing complex tasks involving multiple unique subtasks through the use of taxonomy of generic actions for physical, perceptual, and cognitive actions.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2015.1028508
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    ABSTRACT: A kinematics model of the upper limb was developed using three degrees of freedom on the shoulder and one on the elbow. Whilst the direct kinematics equation computes the position of the hand, the inverse kinematics equation provides the upper limb's joint angles related to a given posture. Only after defining a discomfort cost function that accounts for the joint's displacement from the neutral position, the inverse kinematics equation for this model proved analytically solvable. Such solution was used in conjunction with observational postural assessment methods in order to improve the subjective estimation of the joint angles. Besides that, it was shown the utility of the direct kinematics equation in the rearrangement of the elements of the workplace.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 03/2015; 16(2). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.930540
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    ABSTRACT: Auditory displays are currently used in many medical, automotive and aviation settings. Although there are many existing guidelines for developing effective auditory signals, there is a need for more research considering the interaction between signals within a display, especially when sounds originate from conceptually distinct referent systems. Identifying the parameters that are most relevant to auditory similarity can facilitate acoustic branding and the development of guidelines that ensure signals for different systems are distinct without requiring standardisation. Twenty-seven undergraduate students judged the similarity of a set of abstract sounds varying in tempo, or pulse rate, fundamental frequency and burst density. Results indicate that no single parameter is entirely responsible for determining auditory similarity, but temporal characteristics are most salient. These findings have implications for acoustic branding and suggest that designers intending to ensure perceptual similarity and separation between differentially mapped sounds should manipulate temporal characteristics before frequency or burst density.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 03/2015; 16(2). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.941960
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    ABSTRACT: Obstructions within a task environment provide opportunities for people to brace themselves with the non-task hand, thigh, or other body part. Previous research has shown that bracing can increase one-hand isometric force-exertion capability in standing tasks. The current laboratory study examined the patterns of force on the bracing surfaces as a function of task and human characteristics. Twenty-two men and women exerted static forces with their right hands. Bracing opportunities were provided at the thigh, contralateral hand, or both. Using the task hand force as a reference, bracing forces were decomposed into opposing and non-opposing components and normalised relative to task hand force magnitude. Five distinct patterns of bracing force, termed force-generation strategies (FGSs), emerged.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 01/2015; 16(3):1-19. DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.995782
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    ABSTRACT: Auditory and visual stimuli presented at intervals of about 300 m sec often produce miss errors in one or the other channel, which result from a bottleneck in a neural circuit associated with executive memory. The present study examined the possibility that cross-modal interference could carry over to performance units that transpire over 3 min or longer. An N-back task performed by 113 undergraduates with simultaneous auditory and visual stimuli was organised into 1-min blocks of 20 trials in 2-back and 3-back conditions. Results showed that impairment of visual processing was more frequent than impairment of auditory processing under conditions of fatigue. A substantial number of person blocks showed no such interference, however. Bottlenecks during early stages of processing may have more extensive effects on later processing than previously recognised. Further research should consider perceptual cycling in longer term tasks involving complex stimuli.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 01/2015; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.1003989
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    ABSTRACT: Considering the overall consumer preference based on Kansei engineering, this paper focuses on optimising the appearance design of e-commerce web. In the beginning, we have used iView X RED Eye Tracking Systems experimental apparatus produced by SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) in Germany to extract web design elements, and then several representative webs are designed based on orthogonal test design, following by surveys we have made. Furthermore, structural equation models are established in order to obtain a single preference factor on the influence of e-commerce web design. Finally, based on the neural networks (NNs) and evolutionary genetic algorithm approach, the global optimisation appearance design of the e-commerce web is fetched by simulation on computer, providing the effective suggestions for the e-commerce web designer. This research paper presents a systematic approach that convert consumer's Kansei knowledge into usable product multi-dimensional design variables.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 01/2015; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.1001006
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    ABSTRACT: For complex systems that embed automation, but also rely on human interaction for guidance and contingency management, holistic models are needed that provide for an understanding of the individual human and computer elements, and address the critical interactions of such complex systems. Discrete event simulation (DES) models and system dynamics (SD) models are two different approaches that can be used to address these requirements. Both modelling approaches can support the designers of future autonomous vehicle (AV) systems by simulating the impact of alternate designs on vehicle, operator, and system performance. However, the DES modelling approach is likely best suited for using probabilistic distributions to accurately model an operator who is a serial processor of discrete tasks, as well as an environment with randomly occurring events. The SD modelling approach is better suited for modelling continuous performance feedback that is temporally dependent and is affected by qualitative variables such as trust.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 01/2015; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.1003990
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    ABSTRACT: Error recovery has been observed amongst UK naval air engineers, which appears to be a result of some seemingly spontaneous recollection of past activity. Despite an extensive literature review, the nature and extent of this phenomenon are not understood fully and appears to be an under-researched area; causes of error and proximal error detection having been researched widely. To explore this phenomenon, a new theoretical framework is introduced based on a multi-process approach that combines theories on prospective memory, attentional monitoring and schemas. Several examples from a UK military safety database are then analysed for existence of the phenomenon and evidence of the applicability of the multi-process approach. Thus the intent of current research is not to explain why error occurred; it is to understand the nature and extent of situational error from a systems stance, for which individual latent error detection is the effect to be observed.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 01/2015; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.969360
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    ABSTRACT: This paper extends research on accident investigation as exercises in political sensemaking, by considering the possible psychological meaning-making purposes of accident investigation. Accident investigations and reports serve epistemological or preventive aims: finding out what went wrong and avoiding recurrence. These are not necessarily the same: the variables that explain a particular event might diverge from those that help forestall a larger family of events. In addition, accident investigation serves moral and existential purposes. Accident investigations are (often implicitly) expected to render people's suffering accountable to reason and open to solution, prevention and elimination. The Western world tends to locate both the meaning and cause of suffering in the realm of human moral choice, which typically condenses accounts of failure down to single acts and actors. This competes with increasingly complex epistemological narratives of accidents that have neither obvious causes nor clear, linear cause–effect relationships.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 01/2015; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.955554
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the roles of four psychosocial variables – anxiety, conscientiousness, emotional intelligence, and Protestant work ethic – on subjective ratings of cognitive workload as measured by the Task Load Index (TLX) and the further connections between the four variables and TLX ratings of task performance. The four variables represented aspects of an underlying construct of elasticity versus rigidity in response to workload. Participants were 141 undergraduates who performed a vigilance task under different speeded conditions while working on a jigsaw puzzle for 90 minutes. Regression analysis showed that anxiety and emotional intelligence were the two variables most proximally related to TLX ratings. TLX ratings contributed to the prediction of performance on the puzzle, but not the vigilance task. Severity error bias was evident in some of the ratings. Although working in pairs improved performance, it also resulted in higher ratings of temporal demand and perceived performance pressure.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 01/2015; 16(1). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2013.869371
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    ABSTRACT: Situation awareness (SA) has become a ubiquitous object of knowledge in our discourses of human performance and accident explanation. Based on Michel Foucault's archaeological approach, in this paper, we examine SA by mapping the ‘conditions of possibility’ for this object to emerge. By highlighting the logic that SA builds upon, the political need that it intends to address, and the knowledges that delimitate it in its constitution, we aim to display the contingent nature of this object. Ultimately, we argue that as a discursive object, SA has effects.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 12/2014; 16(1):53-68. DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2014.880529
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    ABSTRACT: Two experiments examined allocation of responsibility in the context of a fictitious, but realistic, product-use scenario in which a young girl suffers serious brain injury after consuming a product with a non-obvious hazard (marshmallows). The research investigated whether the responsibility allocated to the various parties would depend on the age of the child and whether the manufacturer took, or failed to take, precautions. Scenarios given to participants stated the age of the girl as 1½ years, 4 years, 8 years, or 16 years and had positive, negative, or no supplemental information about the manufacturer and its safety practices. Both experiments showed that the parents were considered most responsible for a young child's injury, but the allocation decreased with the older child. When negative information about the manufacturer's safety practices was given, allocations of responsibility for the girl's injury to the manufacturer increased significantly. In Experiment 2, the presence of warnings in the positive supplemental information condition reduced the manufacturer's responsibility for the oldest (16-year old) child. Negative impressions due to poor safety practices by manufacturers can lead to increased levels of responsibility allocated for injury. Primary caretakers are responsible for the safety of young children, but as they get older, children are viewed as being more responsible for their own safety. These results have implications for product-development decisions including labelling. They also point out a role for human factors professionals before and during product-related forensic litigation.
    Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science 11/2014; 15(6). DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2013.824519