Title

Nonlinear Dynamical Systems for Theory And Research In Ergonomics

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

27 p.

Publication Date

4-2016

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Source Publication

Ergonomics

Source ISSN

0014-0139

Abstract

Nonlinear dynamical systems (NDS) theory offers new constructs, methods and explanations for phenomena that have in turn produced new paradigms of thinking within several disciplines of the behavioural sciences. This article explores the recent developments of NDS as a paradigm in ergonomics. The exposition includes its basic axioms, the primary constructs from elementary dynamics and so-called complexity theory, an overview of its methods, and growing areas of application within ergonomics. The applications considered here include: psychophysics, iconic displays, control theory, cognitive workload and fatigue, occupational accidents, resilience of systems, team coordination and synchronisation in systems. Although these applications make use of different subsets of NDS constructs, several of them share the general principles of the complex adaptive system.

Comments

Ergonomics, Vol. 20 (April 2016): 1-27. DOI.

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