Our goal is to engender lively conversation concerning the field of human factors. This includes topical news items, academic publications, and historical interest. Your blog moderators are Richard Pak and Anne Collins McLaughlin.

Rich is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clemson University. His primary research interests are aging and human factors, and the issues surrounding the use of technology such as computers, Web, mobile phones in a variety of contexts. He received his Ph.D. in psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005. He directs the Cognition, Aging, and Technology Lab at Clemson University. When he’s not at work, he enjoys photography and hiking. See all of Rich’s posts.

anne21Anne is an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Psychology. Her current work includes using technology for cognitive training, how learning changes with age, and agricultural safety. She received her PhD. in psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. She directs the Learning, Aging, and Cognitive Ergonomics Lab at North Carolina State University. When she’s not at work, she can be found climbing a mountain. See all of Anne’s posts.

By the way, human factors is known by many names, such as:

  • Applied cognitive psychology
  • Engineering psychology
  • Applied psychology
  • Usability
  • Cognitive ergonomics

Our book, Designing Displays for Older Adults, published September 21, 2010 and is available where fine books are sold or directly from our publisher CRC Press.

Price: $69.95, Cat. #: K10089, ISBN: 9781439801390, ISBN 10: 1439801398, Publication Date: September 21, 2010, Number of Pages: 232


  • Contains state-of-the-art aging research written in an accessible format
  • Includes four chapters of worked examples that put design suggestions into practice
  • Focuses on designing for the aging population
  • Explores the “hows” and “whys” of designing for an aging population


A distillation of decades of published research, this book is a primer on age-related changes in cognition, perception, and behavior organized into meaningful principles that improve understanding. It explores the complex set of mental and physical changes that occur during aging and that can affect technology acceptance, adoption, interaction, safety, and satisfaction. The authors apply these theories in real design exercises and include specific guidelines for display examples to bridge theory and practice. It opens the way for designing with an understanding of these changes that results in better products and systems for users in all life stages.

Not blaming the user since 2007!