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Effect of partition board color on mood and autonomic nervous function.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of the presence or absence (control) of a partition board and its color (red, yellow, blue) on subjective mood ratings and changes in autonomic nervous system indicators induced by a video game task. The increase in the mean Profile of Mood States (POMS) Fatigue score and mean Oppressive feeling rating after the task was lowest with the blue partition board. Multiple-regression analysis identified oppressive feeling and error scores on the second half of the task as statistically significant contributors to Fatigue. While explanatory variables were limited to the physiological indices, multiple-regression analysis identified a significant contribution of autonomic reactivity (assessed by heart rate variability) to Fatigue. These results suggest that a blue partition board would reduce task-induced subjective fatigue, in part by lowering the oppressive feeling of being enclosed during the task, possibly by increasing autonomic reactivity.

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  • Authors

    Sakuragi S, Sugiyama Y

    Source

    Perceptual and motor skills 113:3 2011 Dec pg 941-56

    MeSH

    Affect
    Association
    Attention
    Autonomic Nervous System
    Baroreflex
    Blood Pressure
    Color Perception
    Female
    Heart Rate
    Humans
    Mental Fatigue
    Personal Space
    Respiratory Rate
    Social Environment
    Video Games
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22403937