Everyday human beings encounter problems that can be attributed to poor human factors consideration. Considering that this century has seen significant increase in technological advance, there are bound to be some inventions or areas that have not been properly designed to be compatible with the human setting. Some of these bad designs include the kitchen timer, opening of a refrigerator, connecting a USB connector, intersection design, parking among others. It is therefore very important to determine the types of design to determine the improvements that can be put in place. On the other hand, cognitive ergonomics is more oriented towards: a cognitive aspect of life e.g. calculations and critical thinking, operations in safety critical components and operations in complicated environments (Papantoniou, 2017).That stated the main aim of this essay is to present and describe a daily problem that can be attributed to poor human factors consideration. Furthermore, the problem will be analyzed in a cognitive ergonomic approach.
Crossing a road Intersection
One of the most haunting experience is managing to cross an intersection safely. Considering that an intersection has four leg of which a vehicle can approach from any direction, it really is hectic and takes a toll at a person’s thinking. More to that, the absence of street lights, crosswalks, under and overpass and pedestrian crossing can make crossing the intersection even more daunting. It may be an even more daunting prospect to the visually impaired.
To curb the situation of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, there is usually a pedestrian scramble when pedestrians can move in any direction. Though these measures ensure safety they are bound to break down.
Cognitive Ergonomics in Crossing an Intersection
In crossing an intersection there are various aspects involved to ensure that there is no accident involved. The main senses used are hearing and sight with analysis and calculations on when to cross coming in between.
Diagram of Cognitive Thought


Papantoniou, B. (2017). The Glosarry of Human Computer Interaction. Retrieved from Interaction design Foundation: www.interaction-design-org/literature/book/the-glossary-of-human-computer-interaction/cognotive-ergonomics