Human Factors Psychology in Surgery

  • Brittany L. Anderson-MontoyaEmail author
  • Mark W. Scerbo
Part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation book series (CHS)


Human factors is a field dedicated to studying how to improve work environments based on human capabilities and limitations. There are many areas where human factors can improve surgery, especially as surgery continues to evolve and new tools, technology, and techniques are developed. Simulation offers a safe and ideal environment to study, train, and assess the application of human factors principles to surgery. This chapter provides a brief overview and historical perspective of human factors and how human factors can be applied to surgery, specifically focusing on attention, mental workload, situation awareness, and stress.


Human factors Surgery Simulation Attention Mental workload Situation awareness Stress Assessment Objective measures Subjective measures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brittany L. Anderson-Montoya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mark W. Scerbo
    • 2
  1. 1.Atrium HealthCarolinas Simulation CenterCharlotteUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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