Keynote Speaker

Christopher B. Mayhorn

North Carolina State University, USA

Designing Decision Aids: Insights from Human Factors/ Ergonomics

9:30 AM IST November 07, 2020


Human Factors/Ergonomics (HF/E) as a field investigates systems such as those found in healthcare for the purpose of reducing error and enhancing safety. With insight from cognitive psychology, knowledge of decision making is extensive. One area of HF/E research explores the development and implementation of decision support systems that can facilitate decision accuracy and response time. In this talk, Dr. Mayhorn will present the findings from recent research projects that demonstrate experimental methodology used to develop decision aids in a number of contexts. Emphasis of the discussion will focus on how the general theoretical approach and methodology can be extended to the healthcare domain. The talk will end with a brief description of an ongoing collaboration with the University of Surrey (and other international partners) where one goal is to create a decision support tool that assists nursing home caregivers and other health professional in early detection of infections in residents.


Dr. Christopher B. Mayhorn, Head of the Psychology Department is a Professor in the Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology program. He has been a faculty member at North Carolina State University since 2002. He earned a B.A. from The Citadel (1992), an M.S. (1995), and a Ph.D. (1999) from the University of Georgia. He also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Mayhorn’s current research interests include everyday memory, decision-making, human-computer interaction, safety and risk communication. He has received external funding for his research from several government organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency as well as from industry organizations such as the Drug Information Association. Dr. Mayhorn has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications to his credit. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Human Factors, Applied Ergonomics, and the Journal of Safety Research. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a University Faculty Scholar (selected in 2014) at NCSU.