Affective human factors in aviation

Güneş, Çiğdem
Töre Yargın, Gülşen
Conventional Human Factors/Ergonomics (HF/E) approaches in aviation concentrate on the product's or system's utility and underestimates the power of the users' feelings. By a majority, HF/E emphasizes on ease of access, human performance, human error, workload and situation awareness, which are related with the functional features of the system, without emotional interactions. However, it is now clear that the success of the product in the market comes from its aesthetic appeal and the affect it creates on the users; the interaction between the user and the designed artifact is impressed by emotions. There has been a growing interest in research of industrial design, engineering design, psychology, neuroscience, and human factors engineering to affect and pleasure. There is a shift from cognitive perspective to affective, which concerns promoting pleasure instead of preventing pain (workload, error, etc.) resulting by the design. There are many studies in the literature focused on the consumer products. However, complex systems like aviation industry where performance and safety is the main point, is still impassive to affective design, the theoretical constructs related to affective design have been poorly defined. Affective considerations might provide a new and different perspective in aviation human factors. This study will present the importance of affective human factors in aviation and purposes some suggestions to reflect affective design to cockpit design. © 2017 by American Helicopter Society International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Citation Formats
Ç. Güneş and G. Töre Yargın, “Affective human factors in aviation,” presented at the The 6th Asian/Australian rotorcraft forum heli Japan 2017,(7 - 09 Kasım 2017), Kanazawa, Japonya, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: