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Date:7/9/2008

used by driver distraction.

A 1997 Human Factors article, "Humans and Automation: Use, Misuse, Disuse, and Abuse," has been widely cited in work on the human-automation relationship. John Lee (pp. 404-410), who reviews the influence of that article, points out how it demonstrated that "even though automation seems to relieve people of tasks, automation requires more, not less, attention to training" and that the authors "foresaw and inspired research that addresses overreliance and underreliance on automation."

The 22 articles that make up the third section of the Golden Anniversary Special Issue focus on discoveries and developments in research and application. Some of the topics addressed in those articles include the following.

Laughery and Wogalter (pp. 529-533) describe that a driving factor in research on safety warnings is forensics. The demand for research on which forensic expert witnesses can draw to explain why accidents happen has spurred growth in the publication of work that can help to inform the courts.

Since the early 1980s, papers published in Human Factors regarding the interaction of people and computers have grown in influence internationally. Deborah Boehm-Davis (pp. 560-564) notes how research about the human-computer interface has led to the development of guidelines, standards, prototyping tools, user interface management systems, and methods for evaluating performance.

Vigilance is hard work, summarizes Joel Warm and colleagues in their special issue contribution (pp. 443-441). These and other authors published a number of papers proving that, contrary to earlier beliefs, even simple tasks can be "exacting, capacity-draining assignments" that "are associated with a considerable level of subjective workload and stress." This research has been applied recently to areas such as baggage security screening.


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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
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