The article analyzes the current state of the practice of investigating incidents related to the implementation by a person of control of complex automated mechanisms. Attention is focused on the insufficient use by the judicial and investigative authorities of special psychological knowledge and relevant developments in the investigation of such cases.
Based on the analysis of special psychological literature, as well as the experience of applying special knowledge in the field of examination, the psychological aspects that make up the human factor are outlined. The subject of psychological examination in cases of investigation of incidents related to the implementation of human control of complex automated mechanisms is disclosed. The nuances of the functioning of mental processes, properties and states of a person are noted, which can influence his ability, under extreme circumstances, to correctly assess the situation (or its individual elements), make the right decision and implement it. Along with this, external factors are noted that can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to make the right decision and implement it.
Key words: special psychological knowledge, psychological expertise, human factor, emergency situation, complex automated mechanisms.