PSYC 3170 Lecture Notes - Mass Psychogenic Illness, Nuclear Meltdown, Startle Response

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07-11-2011 stress related topics: ergonomics, environmental factors, mass psychogenic illness, pain. Involves planning: workstations, acceptable lifts and reaches, shift work past learning affecting present function schedules, work to rest break schedules, task design, tool design, Knobs and dials psychology: at home eg. stoves: where are the dials, at work eg. cranes, three mile island power plant nuclear meltdown ex. Hot coded blue but cold coded red which made it worse. Least complaints from news writers: most complaints from clerical staff, both new and old technology, biological, psychological and sociological influence health issues, ex. Devices glucose monitors or insulin pumps: part of erg. Is making sure description to do something is simple and understandable: checklist making a difference in deaths in emergency rooms. Why errors occur in diagnosis: physicians required to make an unusually high number of decisions, decisions necessarily entail a great deal of uncertainty.

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