The effect of heat stress on writing performance in a classroom
2014 (English)In: Indoor Air 2014 - 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 2014, 183-188 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Studies have shown that heat stress impairs performance. This depends on the mental loading capacity of the task performed and the exposure time. This is a study of a common task in schools and offices: writing task. It also analyses the occupants’ perceived thermal comfort. The experiment was done in two heat conditions: 20 and 25 centigrade. The between participant design was used. ScriptLog was used to perform the writing task, while questionnaires and a Sudoku task were paper based tasks. The results show that the predicted mean vote (PMV) between conditions was significant (p<0.02) and participants perceived the 20 º C condition to be draughty. They however preferred a little more air movements in both conditions. Writing performance only showed a significant difference (p = 0.03) on deleted characters but the other variables considered did not show any significant differences but showed a strong tendency that with a long exposure time it would eventually be impaired. This shows that writing despite being a complex task is not a high mental loading task and is not quickly impaired by heat stress.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 183-188 p.
Heat stress, Thermal comfort, Air quality, Performance impairment, writing process
Energy Engineering Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-18780ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84924731595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-18780DiVA: diva2:781506
13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014, 7-12 July 2014, Hong Kong