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Ecological models of human performance based on affordance, emotion and intuition

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This paper proposes a complementary approach to Rasmussen's taxonomy of the human skill-, rule-, and knowledge-based performance models by combining the ecological concept of affordances with the neural concepts of human emotion and intuition. The classical cognitive engineering framework is extended through the neuro-ecological approach, including personal human attributes important in exercising control over the work environment. The proposed affordance-, emotion-, and intuition-based models correspond to the three types of human performance, namely: learning, adaptive and tuning control, respectively. The new framework is not a predictive model of the operator behaviour, but rather it describes the processes of neuro-ecological control of the human environment.
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Keywords: Adaptation; Affordance; Brain; Control; Ecological approach; Emotion; Human performance models; Intuition; Learning; Tuning

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety & Health, 71 Frankland Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748, USA 2: Center for Industrial Ergonomics, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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