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Human Factors Research

  1. Francis T. Durso1,
  2. Keith S. Jones2,
  3. Patricia R. DeLucia2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0421

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Durso, F. T., Jones, K. S. and DeLucia, P. R. 2010. Human Factors Research. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  2. 2

    Texas Tech University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Human factors is often used as a superordinate term covering a number of endeavors that share the goal of understanding and improving the interactions of human operators with their technology, work environment, and other domain operators. We all recognize when bad design has not been informed by human factors research: the door you push that is designed to be pulled, instructions that misdirect you, the device that looks elegant but that fails to make clear how it is to be turned on (Norman, 1998).


  • ergonomics;
  • applied experimental;
  • applied cognitive;
  • technology;
  • user centered