Effects of the office environment on health and productivity 1: Auditory and visual distraction
de Korte, E.
TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
A pilot experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of visual or auditory distraction in an office environment on productivity, concentration and emotion. Ten subjects performed a simple, standardized computer task in five conditions (undisturbed, 3 variations of auditory distraction and visual distraction). Results showed no effects of visual and auditory distraction on productivity, concentration and emotion. This implies that typical problems of open office environments, like noise and other types of distraction, are of no influence on productivity while performing simple computer tasks. However, it is possible that the used method and factors like habituation, type of distraction and type of task were of influence on the results. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007.
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International Conference on Ergonomics and Health Aspects of Work with Computers, EHAWC 2007, 22 July 2007 through 27 July 2007, Beijing, Conference code: 70883, 4566 LNCS, 26-33
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