Aging, mind and brain: A human factors engineering perspective

Sara J. Czaja

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter addresses the key role of human factors engineering for addressing growing challenges and opportunities associated with population aging. Human factors engineering can play a key role in the development of strategies and tools to address normative age-related and disease-related changes in cognitive abilities and function experience by older adults. The chapter provides an overview of human factors and discusses a user-centered design approach. A user-centered design approach incorporates user requirements, user goals, user characteristics, and user tasks into the design/evaluation process. The chapter includes examples in the realms of task and equipment/product design, training and instructional design. Human factors can also play a role in the design of protocols for the assessment of a person's skills, abilities or task performance or for the evaluation of a system or training protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook on the Aging Mind and Brain
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781118772034
ISBN (Print)9781118771778
StatePublished - Jun 20 2017


  • Cognitive abilities
  • Human factors engineering
  • Instructional design
  • Population aging
  • Training protocol
  • User-centered design approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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