Chapter 5. Information Processing

  1. Gavriel Salvendy Ph.D. Chair, Professor, and Head of the Department3,4
  1. Christopher D. Wickens Professor Emeritus1 and
  2. C. Melody Carswell Associate Professor2

Published Online: 28 FEB 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470048204.ch5

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Third Edition

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Third Edition

How to Cite

Wickens, C. D. and Carswell, C. M. (2006) Information Processing, in Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Third Edition (ed G. Salvendy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0470048204.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

  2. 4

    Tsinghua University Beijing, People's Republic of China

Author Information

  1. 1

    Aviation and Psychology, Human Factors Division, Institute of Aviation, University of Illinois, 1 Airport Road, Savoy, Illinois, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, 205 Kastle Hall, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 FEB 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 JAN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471449171

Online ISBN: 9780470048207



  • information processing stages;
  • perception and data interpretation;
  • extensive domain knowledge


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Three Approaches to Information Processing

  • Selecting Information

  • Perception and Data Interpretation

  • Comprehension and Cognition

  • Action Selection

  • Multiple-Task Performance

  • Conclusions

  • References