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April 17, 1964 - Image 8

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EIGHT THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, APRIL 1'

J.S. Faces Redistribution Need

COMPUTER PROBLEMS:
PsychologyCenter Studies Man-Machine Relations

The University's psychology de-
partment has established a $300,-
000-a-year research program in
the new Human Performance Cen-
ter.
Unique in the nation, the cen-
ter's object is to promote long-
range programs of basic research
and scholarly activities that will
contribute to the knowledge and
theory of human performance.
Essentially the center is making
an effort to understand and de-
scribe man's abilities in various
functions of the technological age.
In an effort to communicate this
to the public, the center is holding
an open house at 1 p.m. today in
the West Physics Bldg.
Machines Important
The problem of man's abilities
is vital because today he does so
much of his work either with or
through machines. He not only
uses machines but cooperates with
them in his office practices, weap-
ons systems and industrial plants.
Thus, the increasing demand for
knowledge of man's abilities and
limitations must be met and ma-
chines designed to fit this knowl-
edge.
Some topics being pursued by
the center are:
Human Memory
-Studies of the short-term hu-
man memory.
--Studies of the human decision-
making process with emphasis on
the use of judgement and proba-
bilities.

-Studies on the role of in-
formation in the decision-making
process.
-Studies of man's abilities to
process information.
Psychological Techniques
In carrying out these and other
studies, the, scientists will re-
examine and utilize the theories
and techniques developed in ex-
perimental psychology and exploit
the mathematical tools now avail-
able to psychologists.
Active in the center's work are
Professors Arthur W. Miller, Ward
Edwards, William L. Hays, Richard
Pew and Edwin J. Martin, all of
the psychology department. About
30 graduate students and technical
assistants are also involved in the
project.
The center maintains close liai-
son and cooperative working ar-
rangements with many of the re-
search organizations within the
University.
Ties in this direction are being
extended.

-University News Service
MAN AND MACHINE combinations are being studied to find out how men and computers and
work together best. Scientists at the University's Human Performance Center use such tools as the
computer above, being operated by Prof. Ward Edwards, to study man's abilities and limitations in
various man-machine combinations. Such studies will aid areas in which machines play important
roles.

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