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Tenth Volume of Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Examines Complex Work Environments and Their Design

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The year’s not over yet, but the final 2016 issue of JCEDM just went online. Editor-in-Chief Amy R. Pritchett (Georgia Tech) reflects on the articles from Volume 10 and categorizes them by theme: translating practice into science, and translating science into practice. Her “Year in Review” is available for free here.

Practice Into Science: Papers on this theme examine

  • practitioner expertise in studies on decision making by rugby players, physicians, and traffic incident managers

  • the integration of models of cognition and decision making from multiple disciplines (as related to, for instance, soldiers’ and police officers’ shoot-don’t shoot decisions and in medical diagnosis)

  • the systems perspective (e.g., in colorectal cancer screening, assisted living direct care, and burn intensive-care units)

  • a systems view of errors (for example, National Transportation Safety Board accident reporting, safety management in production plants, application of a new method to an industrial crane-lift incident)

Science Into Practice: Articles on this theme addressed the challenges and cautions of applying cognitive engineering and decision making science toward the design of real-world systems and processes such as aircraft design, training, and adaptive automation.

The challenge for this research community, Pritchett notes, is to “act as an integral driver behind the designs and behind their successful implementation.”

The December 2016 issue also contains part 2 of the special issue on naturalistic decision making; part 1 of the special NDM issue was published in September 2016. The final section on NDM will be published in March 2017.

The Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making publishes peer-reviewed original papers of scientific merit examining how people engage in cognitive work in real-world settings and how that work can be supported through the design of technologies, operating concepts and operating procedures, decision-making strategies, teams and organizations, and training protocols. Thus, the journal publishes rigorous approaches to the observation, modeling, analysis, and design of complex work domains in which human expertise is paramount and multiple aspects of the work environment may drive performance. Ranking: 2015 SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) Score: 0.392 | 111/543 Engineering (miscellaneous) | 117/189 Applied Psychology (Scopus®); Indexed in Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI): a new index in the Web of Science (TM) Core Collection

‚ÄčThe Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. “Human Factors and Ergonomics: People-Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering.”