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(2) You're right.
Well, well, well. You've done it. You've actually made it through 40
long, tough lessons. But we think you'll agree that it was well worth the
time and effort. Way back in Lesson 1, we introduced you to the field of
human factors engineering and the idea that it deals with keeping people in
mind when systems are being designed. We also presented the major aim of
human factors engineering-maximizing effectiveness through the enlightened
use of humans.
We talked about how this can be done only if the human
factors specialist concerns himself/herself with the health, safety,
comfort, acceptance, and performance of individuals.
As you begin (or continue) your work as a human factors specialist,
you may need to call on others in the field for help. If so, get a copy of
the 'Directory of Researchers for Human Research and Development Projects'
and open to Section 10.
You'll find many names you can go to for
We hope that these ideas have become quite apparent to you now, and
that you've become somewhat familiar with the basics of human factors
We've enjoyed chatting with you throughout this course, and
various lessons can be used as good 'mini refresher courses' as the
different problems and topics we have discussed present themselves in the
course of your work.
Once again, we'd like to say it's been a pleasure
talking with you, and we hope that your awareness of human factors has been