Human Performance

Human performance is a dimension used in human factors and ergonomics to describe human capabilities and limitations in terms of human physical and mental behaviour.
Design of technical systems strongly impact on human performance due to human-system interaction.

Measures of human performance inform about potential dimensions, relevant only with a rational provided

  • speed or time
  • accuracy or error
  • workload or capacity demands
  • preference

Human performance evaluation by iterative process of human factors and ergonomics.

Factors influencing the effectiveness of human performance and the likelihood of errors (e.g. design of displays and controls, training, fatigue, environmental and job design factors).


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