Safety & design
Safety and design are the principal focus of human factors psychologists.
These psychologists research, design and develop systems that take into account human/system interaction and the relevant performance capacities and limitations of the people who use them.
Their goal may be to improve efficiency or increase reliability. They may want to enhance safety and reduce accidents. Or they may want to improve customers’ acceptance of a product.
What You Can Do
Behavior Analyses Help People Work Safer
Learn how behavior-based safety programs can help companies cut injuries and accidents through systematic observation, analysis and intervention.
Driven to Distraction
Learn why driving and cellphones aren’t a good mix.
Making Air Travel Safer Through Crew Resource Management
This approach prevents aviation accidents and may soon save lives in operating and emergency rooms.
Why Lime-Yellow Fire Trucks Are Safer Than Red
Human factors and ergonomics researchers have found that bright yellow vehicles are less likely to be involved in accidents.
Third Brake Light Is No Third Wheel
A small design change can save lives, property and money.
More Sleep Would Make Most Americans Happier, Healthier and Safer
Few Americans get enough sleep each night, and the consequences can be disastrous.
Profiling the distracted driver: Young, female and solo
March 30, 2015, The New York Times
Airlines largely rely on pilots 'self-monitoring' mental health
March 27, 2015, USA TODAY
Monitor on Psychology Articles
Design in mind
Making online security warning messages more useful and effective
Design for all ages
From toilet to tap: Getting people to drink recycled water
The risks of night work