Wickens et al. really fill the gap between system engineering and cognitive psychology. I have found quite a few of books of this kind.
The book contains good examples and references for workplace design, environmental conditions and several other applications that make it useful for a course textbook or professional's desk reference.
One word of caution (mea culpa as well): the authors did not address in this version the engineering tradition of poor, monotonous writing. "
This edition of Human Factors Engineering is a brilliant read. It uses excellent examples that play out the content in story based scenarios. My only criticism is that it may be a bit too informative, meaning there is so much information it is kind of a whirlwind to read through. This however may contribute to its use in a widespread industry where the reader may be an engineer, architect, digital/clothing designer, etc. Great book and I recommend it to anyone interested in Human Factors Design. "
"Wickens is a true pioneer in the field of human factors who fills the gap between (system) engineering and cognitive psychology with great diligence and competence. This book, "An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering", is another excellent reference tool made for engineers to integrate psychologic research results in their creations; I read it in combination with Wickens' "Engineering Psychology and Human Performance", which concentrates rather on the psychological perspective of human factors than on practical design advices. Both books have considerable overlappings, and are similar to each other, even in the structure of the chapters; nevertheless, I highly recommend them both. I have not (yet) found better literature for this field"