Cognitive engineering

Kyle M. Wilson, William S. Helton*, Mark W. Wiggins

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Cognitive engineering is the application of cognitive psychology and related disciplines to the design and operation of human-machine systems. Cognitive engineering combines both detailed and close study of the human worker in the actual work context and the study of the worker in more controlled environments. Cognitive engineering combines multiple methods and perspectives to achieve the goal of improved system performance. Given the origins of experimental psychology itself in issues regarding the design of human-machine systems, cognitive engineering is a core, or fundamental, discipline within academic psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-31
Number of pages15
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


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