The Center of Excellence in Neuroergonomics, Technology, and Cognition (CENTEC) conducts research on the application of neuroscience to emerging design and training issues in human factors and ergonomics. CENTEC was officially launched at George Mason University on July 15, 2010, with Raja Parasuraman as Director. CENTEC is funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
Neuroergonomics is the study of the human brain in relation to performance at work, transportation, and other everyday settings. The central premise of neuroergonomics is that research and practice in human factors and cognitive engineering can be enriched by consideration of theories and results from neuroscience. Neuroergonomics has two major goals: (1) To advance understanding of human brain function in relation to mental and physical processes and performance in real-world tasks; and (2) To use existing and emerging knowledge of human performance and brain function to design technologies, systems, and environments for safe, efficient, and enjoyable work.
The major goal of the CENTEC is to help support the US Air Force mission of enhanced human effectiveness in air, space, and cyberspace operations through research in neuroergonomics, technology, and cognition. To ensure sustained progress in this emerging scientific field, another goal of the Center is to train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in advanced areas of research in neuroergonomics.