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Work-physiological synchronization and well-being in a repetitive task.
Henning RA; Sauter SL
Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 35th Annual Meeting, September 2-6, 1991, San Francisco, California. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 1991 Sep; 35(11):781-784
The relationship between work and biological rhythms during the performance of repetitive data entry tasks was evaluated. Twenty experienced female data entry workers aged 18 to 40 years performed data entry tasks under 12 work rhythm conditions. Tests measuring cardiac responses, respiratory sinus arrhythmias (RSA) in the heart rate, and changes in lung volume were administered at the end of each 40 minute work period, along with a mood survey. Synchronization of work and breathing rhythm could predict reduced heart rate using multiple regression analysis. Work and RSA synchronization were predictive of reduced boredom and work, and breathing and RSA synchrony could predict reduced heart rate. The authors conclude that synchronization between work and biological rhythms can increase the well being of workers, as well as their adjustment to the performance of repetitive tasks.
Biological-rhythms; Office-workers; Data-processing; Work-analysis; Statistical-analysis; Psychophysiology; Keyboard-operators; Physiological-response; Repetitive-work
Issue of Publication
Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 35th Annual Meeting, September 2-6, 1991, San Francisco, California
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