New Citations | BIOPAC in Ergonomics

Whether using specialized equipment, performing repetitive tasks, or simply going about our daily work routine, the effects of design in our environment as well as the tools we use and the way we use them can impact our health, work performance, and quality of life. Here are a few studies that have recorded and analyzed data to gain insights into ergonomic conditions…

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The impact of repeated bouts of shiftwork on rapid strength and reaction time in career firefightersErgonomics, 1-9. Gerstner, G. R., Mota, J. A., Giuliani, H. K., Weaver, M. A., Shea, N. W., & Ryan, E. D. (2022).

  • Researchers used wireless, wearable BIOPAC systems to perform a series of tests on firefighters both before and after three 24-hour on and off shifts. The goal was to assess the lower extremity maximal and rapid strength and reaction time after repeated shifts, in order to record work-related fatigue in firefighters and reduce risk of injury.

Circadian effect on physiology and driving performance in semi-automated vehiclesTheoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 1-24. Kaduk, S. I., Roberts, A. P., & Stanton, N. A. (2022).

  • It has been found that it is less safe to drive manual vehicles at night than during the day. This study aimed to find the correlation between circadian rhythms and driving at night in semi-automated vehicles. The researchers used BIOPAC equipment to record psychophysiological functions and conduct their analysis.

Mind over body: A neuroergonomic approach to assessing motor performance under stress in older adults. Applied ergonomics, 101, 103691. Tyagi, O., & Mehta, R. K. (2022).

  • This study assessed the effect of social stress on motor performance and information flow in the brain in older adults. BIOPAC tools were used to record a few factors, including EMG activity and activation of brain regions. The goal of the study was to develop strategies to mitigate the influence of stress on work performance.

Join Us for Our Ergonomics & Fatigue Series:

Part I Biomechanics and Peripheral Physiology
Part II Neuroergonomics, Cognitive Workload, and Cognitive Fatigue

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