Human Factors & Applied Cognition*
*Previously Human Factors and Ergonomics
Human Factors and Applied Cognition (also known as Engineering Psychology) includes the design and evaluation of products, systems, and environments; human perception and performance; information processing, attention, and cognitive modeling; environmental stress; and safety and engineering principles. This field requires the development of research skills and a broad knowledge of psychology.
The Human Factors and Applied Cognition program emphasizes close contact between faculty and students, with an emphasis on research training gained via apprenticeship relationships. There are usually about 25 students in the program. Many faculty members are drawn from various disciplinary areas and other departmental programs.
Students in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition program may choose from several concentrations for their PhD degree. At NC State, the Department of Psychology has adopted a scientist-practitioner model of graduate education.
The program emphasizes the application of fundamental and applied research to the solution of practical problems. Many students supplement human factors and cognitive courses with courses in computer science, safety, statistics, research methods, and industrial-organizational psychology. Human Factors and Applied Cognition at NC State involves both the Department of Psychology and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE). Courses in the ISE Department generally emphasize the engineering side of Human Factors, as well as topics such as biomechanics. Psychology students in the program are encouraged to take courses in both departments.
The Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program Brochure provides contact information, a general description of the program, lists required and elective graduate courses, and lists the faculty and their research interests.