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Welcome to the Department of Psychology and Ergonomics

Psychology, the study of mental processes and human behaviour, and Ergonomics, which is concerned with the optimisation of design of work processes and work systems, both have a long tradition in Berlin. As early as 1920, the Institut für Psychotechnik was founded at the Königlich Technische Hochschule zu Berlin, today Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). The goal was to apply psychological knowledge to the problems of working situations. The Institut für Psychologie und Arbeitswissenschaft (IPA) follows in this tradition. But as technological developments change the world, the scope of this field has expanded and new challenges are being faced. People have to deal with increasingly sophisticated technical systems at their work place as well as in their free time. Apart from the computer and modern information technology, this also includes complex systems in production (e.g. robotics) and operation (e.g. control rooms), or the electronic systems in cars, airplane cockpits, or hospital operation rooms.

In response to these developments and challenges, we offer a master´s degree course in "Human Factors" (M. Sc.). This is an interdisciplinary course for students with a degree (bachelor or ‘diplom’) in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, or engineering. All chairs contribute to the course.


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