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Robert W. Proctor, Ph.D.: Stimulus-Response Compatibility and Its Implications for Human-Computer Interface Design

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Abstract: Stimulus-response compatibility (or, how natural some stimulus-response mappings are compared to others) has been studied for many years in psychological research because compatibility effects tell us much about how humans select and control actions.  Recent years have seen an increase in the range of compatibility effects studied, including what is called response-effect compatibility (or, compatibility between the response that you make and the change in the environment that is produced as a consequence). In the first half of the talk, I will review research on compatibility effects and what they tell us about human information processing, and in the second half I will consider specific implications for design of human-computer interfaces.

Bio:  Robert Proctor is  Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences, with courtesy appointment in Industrial Engineering, at Purdue University. He is co-author of Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems (with Trisha Van Zandt) and Stimulus-Response Compatibility Principles: Data, Theory, and Application (with Kim-Phuong L. Vu). His research focuses on basic and applied aspects of human performance, with an emphasis on stimulus-response compatibility.