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The Psychology of Fatigue
Work, Effort and Control


  • Date Published: December 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107477803

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  • Fatigue can have a major impact on an individual's performance and well-being, yet is poorly understood, even within the scientific community. There is no developed theory of its origins or functions, and different types of fatigue (mental, physical, sleepiness) are routinely confused. The widespread interpretation of fatigue as a negative consequence of work may be true only for externally imposed goals; meaningful or self-initiated work is rarely tiring and often invigorating. In the first book dedicated to the systematic treatment of fatigue for over sixty years, Robert Hockey examines its many aspects - social history, neuroscience, energetics, exercise physiology, sleep and clinical implications - and develops a new motivational control theory, in which fatigue is treated as an emotion having a fundamental adaptive role in the management of goals. He then uses this new perspective to explore the role of fatigue in relation to individual motivation, working life and well-being.

    • Brings together work on fatigue in human performance, motivation, physical work, sleep and chronic illness
    • Develops a new theory of fatigue based on its role in motivational control and goal management
    • Analyses how changes in our experience of work have helped shape the way we explain fatigue
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Bob Hockey has produced an outstanding book containing easily the best theoretical account of fatigue ever produced. This book (which also provides a fascinating historical account) is destined to become an 'instant classic'.' Michael W. Eysenck, Roehampton University

    'This book is a perfect example of how psychological analysis can add value, depth, and an originality of perspective to a topic significant to us all. Eclectic, scholarly, but most of all accessible, Hockey's book guides us through the wide-ranging literature related to fatigue with an impressive grasp. He amply demonstrates the very best qualities of twentieth-century British psychology from which he comes.' Mark Lansdale, University of Leicester

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107477803
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The problem of fatigue
    2. Changing experiences of fatigue: the social-historical context
    3. The work-fatigue hypothesis
    4. Stress, coping and fatigue
    5. Effort, strain and fatigue
    6. A motivation control theory of fatigue
    7. Extensions and limitations: energy, physical work and sleep
    8. The psychopathology of fatigue
    9. An agenda for fatigue: research and application.

  • Author

    Robert Hockey, University of Sheffield
    Robert Hockey is Emeritus Professor of Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering in the Department of Psychology at Sheffield University. His research on human attention and performance, workload, stress and fatigue has emphasized the adaptive nature of human regulatory activity in task performance, and he has acted as a consultant in the maritime, rail, nuclear and space industries. He has published over 170 research articles and edited or written six books, including Stress and Fatigue in Human Performance (1983).

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