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Modern casinos have changed their approach with regard to how slot machines are used. When we think of these machines, we typically think of feeding in coins, pulling down a massive arm and waiting for the results to display on turning wheels. Modern slot machines, however, no longer require the actions of pulling of a lever or inserting coins to play. The process has been streamlined: one has only to swipe a charge card and press a button. Although a nonfunctional (cognitive) lever remains for ornamental purposes, the reduction in work (kinematic load) adds ease to the activity and makes…
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There is an insurance company’s television commercial that displays the capitulation of and reenactment of human errors; a car door opening while a car comes along and knocks the door off, forgetting to put the brake on the car and having it roll unmanned downhill, and a car with two bicycles on top crashing into a garage door, all products of what is shown to be human error. Most mistakes are thought to be caused by human error, yet most mistakes are caused by errors in design rather than human operation so says author James Reason in his book: The…
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It doesn’t matter if you are using modern cubicle office furniture, executive office furniture or if you have created a contemporary conference room environment, environments rich with nature views and imagery reduce stress and enhance focus and concentration. For years poets, philosophers and writers have projected exposure to natural environments have produced restorative effects. In the past few decades, this calm has been tested thoroughly and findings show these age old proclamations do have emotional, cognitive and even physical benefits. Studies that have examined the effects of things like gardening, backpacking and exposure to nature pictures verses urban scenes substantiate…
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Pretty much everything we interact with in life we function within a system of some kind, from transporting yourself in your car to something as basic as getting a drink of bottled water from the refrigerator. The actions involved may look some like this; walking to the refrigerator door, grabbing the handle, in a pulling motion apply force in the direction of yourself thus opening the door, inserting your hand and securing the bottle, in a pulling motion bring the bottle towards your body, with one hand in a pushing motion close the refrigerator door, with one hand hold on…
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Have you ever made arrangements to meet a friend, business associate or family member in a particular spot and after waiting for some time you discover either you or they are waiting in different locations? The result being someone gets upset, time is wasted, or you laugh about it and reschedule. This happens when there is lack of continuity in thoughts, listening or expectations. Whether actual, or perceived, lack of continuity can be disruptive to scheduling, timing, perception, organization or all of the above. In your office this lack of continuity can result in loss of time, flow interrupts, or…

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