This chapter presents a contemporary overview of human factors psychology, including its origins, core problems, methodological approaches, and overviews of state-of-the-art research in three key areas likely to be relevant to industrial/organizational psychology. These include: human-automation interaction, or HAI; situation awareness, or SA; and distraction, multitasking, and interruption, or DMI. Each of these areas has arisen as a result of the increased challenges and opportunities provided by ever increasing levels of technological sophistication in the workplace. The chapter concludes by noting that human factors researchers are increasingly drawing on, and contributing to, social, in addition to cognitive, psychological research. This trend, motivated by both increasing levels of technological autonomy and opacity, as well as by the fact that social coordination and teamwork is increasingly mediated by information and communication technologies, bodes well for human factors and industrial/organizational psychology to have an even greater symbiotic and mutually informing relationship in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Organizational Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968831
ISBN (Print)9780199928286
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Applied cognition
  • Distraction
  • Human factors
  • Human-automation interaction
  • Human-technology interaction
  • Interruption
  • Multitasking
  • Representative design
  • Situation awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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