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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.

Authors

Sakuragi S, Sugiyama Y

Institution

Department of School Health Sciences, Aichi University of Education, Hirosawa 1, Igaya-cho, Kariya 448-8542, Japan. ssakurag@auecc.aichi-edu.ac.jp

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