Neuroergonomics: The brain at work

Raja Parasuraman, Matthew Rizzo

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164 Scopus citations


Neuroergonomics can be defined as the study of brain and behavior at work. It combines two disciplines: neuroscience, the study of brain structure and function; and ergonomics, the study of how to match technology with the capabilities and limitations of people so they can work effectively and safely. The goal of merging these two fields is to use the startling discoveries of human brain and physiological functioning both to inform the design of technologies in the workplace and home, and to provide new training methods that enhance performance, expand capabilities, and optimize the fit between people and technology. Research in the area of neuroergonomics has blossomed in recent years with the emergence of non-invasive techniques for monitoring human brain function that can be used to study various aspects of human behavior in relation to technology and work, including mental workload, visual attention, working memory, motor control, human-automation interaction, and adaptive automation. This book provides an overview of this emerging area, describing the theoretical background, basic research, major methods, as well as the new and future areas of application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages442
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864683
ISBN (Print)0195177614, 9780195177619
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Behavior
  • Brain
  • Brain function
  • Human-automation interaction
  • Mental workload
  • Motor control
  • Non-invasive techniques
  • Physiological functioning
  • Visual attention
  • Working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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