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Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology

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Over the last several decades, humans have played a progressively more important causal role in aviation accidents as aircraft have become more [complex]. Consequently, a growing number of aviation organizations are tasking their safety personnel with developing safety programs to address the highly complex and often nebulous issue of human error. However, there is generally no “off-the-shelf” or standard approach for addressing human error in aviation. Indeed, recent years have seen a proliferation of human error frameworks and accident investigation schemes to the point where there now appears to be as many human error models as there are people interested in the topic. The purpose of the present document is to summarize research and technical articles that either directly present a specific human error or accident analysis system, or use error frameworks in analyzing human performance data within a specific context or task. The hope is that this review of the literature will provide practitioners with a starting point for identifying error analysis and accident investigation schemes that will best suit their individual or organizational needs.


Savoy, IL

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Technical Report ARL-00-12/FAA-00-7. Dr. Shappell was not affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the time this report was published.