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human factors with nonhumans - factors that affect computer-task performanceThere are two general strategies that may be employed for 'doing human factors research with nonhuman animals'. First, one may use the methods of traditional human factors investigations to examine the nonhuman animal-to-machine interface. Alternatively, one might use performance by nonhuman animals as a surrogate for or model of performance by a human operator. Each of these approaches is illustrated with data in the present review. Chronic ambient noise was found to have a significant but inconsequential effect on computer-task performance by rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Additional data supported the generality of findings such as these to humans, showing that rhesus monkeys are appropriate models of human psychomotor performance. It is argued that ultimately the interface between comparative psychology and technology will depend on the coordinated use of both strategies of investigation.
Document ID
19930068724
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Washburn, David A.
(Georgia State Univ. Atlanta, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: International Journal of Comparative Psychology
Volume: 5
Issue: 4
ISSN: 0889-3667
Subject Category
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG2-438
CONTRACT_GRANT: NIH-HD-06016
Distribution Limits
Public
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