Ageing, computer-based task performance, and stress: Issues and challenges

Joseph Sharit, Sara J. Czaja

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An emerging problem that encompasses both traditional ergonomic as well as macroergonomic concerns involves assessing the potential implications of computer-based tasks for older workers. An increasing older workforce and the influx of computer technology into a wide variety of work settings has motivated both a re-examination of the literature concerning ageing and work performance and research that more directly addresses the computer-interactive task domain. In this paper, we overview this literature and raise a number of crucial issues concerning potential age differences in performance and stress associated with computer-based tasks. Underlying our discussion throughout is the intention of identifying the challenges that await interested practitioners and researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-577
Number of pages19
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Ageing
  • Computer tasks
  • Ergonomic intervention
  • Information processing
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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