Cognitive ergonomics

Russell J. Branaghan, Stacie Lafko

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2 Scopus citations


This chapter introduces cognitive ergonomics (CE) and its relevance to medical device design, instructions for use (IFU), work environments, procedures, and training. CE, sometimes referred to as cognitive engineering, applies scientific knowledge of human behavior, capabilities, and limitations to improve cognitive work. It emphasizes cognitive processing, such as perception, attention, learning, memory, and decision-making, which have great impact on complex, changing environments, with high cognitive workload.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Engineering Handbook, Second Edition
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128134672
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Cognitive ergonomics
  • Health care
  • Human factors
  • Medical devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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