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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Humans, Systems, and Technologies

To be safe and effective, technologies and environments need to be designed with human behavior in mind. For example, health care devices intended for use in homes need to be safe for people to use without professional assistance, and work environments need to be designed in ways that minimize the chances of accidents. Through our studies and workshops, we examine how research on human behavior can inform the design of environments and the development of technologies and systems.  See also:


Health Care Comes Home: The Human Factors  (BOHSI)

In the United States, health care devices, technologies, and practices are rapidly moving into the home. The factors driving this migration include the costs of health care, the growing numbers of... Read more

The Effects of Commuting on Pilot Fatigue  (BOHSI)

Nearly everyone experiences fatigue, but some professions--such as aviation, medicine and the military--demand alert, precise, rapid, and well-informed decision making and communication with little... Read more

Issues in Commuting and Pilot Fatigue:Interim Report  (BOHSI)

The potential for fatigue to negatively affect human performance is well established. Concern about this potential in the aviation context extends back decades, with both airlines and pilots agreeing... Read more

Sociocultural Data to Accomplish Department of Defense Missions: Toward a Unified Social Framework: Workshop Summary  (BOHSI)

Sociocultural Data to Accomplish Department of Defense Missions: Toward a Unified Social Framework summarizes presentations and discussions that took place on August 16-17, 2010, at a National... Read more

The Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care:Workshop Summary  (BOHSI)

The rapid growth of home health care has raised many unsolved issues and will have consequences that are far too broad for any one group to analyze in their entirety. Yet a major influence on the... Read more

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