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Document ID (ISN)110255
CIS number 09-1403
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kristiansen J., Mathiesen L., Nielsen P.K., Hansen ┼.M., Shibuya H., Petersen H.M., Lund S.P., Skotte J., J°rgensen M.B., S°gaard K.
Title Stress reactions to cognitively demanding tasks and open-plan office noise
Bibliographic information Apr. 2009, Vol.82, No.5, p.631-641. Illus. 42 ref.
Abstract To investigate the effects of cognitively-demanding work tasks and office noise on heart rate variability (HRV), cardiovascular responses and electromyography (EMG) activity in the trapezius muscles, 10 female volunteers were exposed to simulated open-plan office noise for 35 min while engaged in cognitively demanding tasks. Cognitively demanding work tasks were associated with changes in HRV, systolic blood pressure and EMG that reflects increased sympathetic activity in the autonomic nervous system. No effect of noise was observed, except for a higher rating of perceived exertion in cervical region and, contrary to expectations, a 4% lower diastolic blood pressure in the noise conditions.
Descriptors (primary) cognitive performance; noise; risk factors; premises; stress factors; office work
Descriptors (secondary) mental workload; cervicobrachial syndrome; women; blood pressure; electromyography; pulse rate
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Physiology, ergonomics
Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Office work
Noise