Effects of whole body vibration and backrest angle on perceived mental workload and performance

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Hamed Jalilian
Omid Gorjizadeh
Kamran Najafi
Mohsen Falahati

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Mental Workload (MWL) and human performance are widely contributing concepts in human factors. The objective of the current study is to investigate the perceived MWL and human performance during whole-body vibration (WBV) exposure while seated at different backrest angles. Nineteen healthy male participants completed both the NASA-TLX and rating scale mental effort (RSME) after performing two difficulty levels of computerized dual tasks. The participants’ performance was measured in these conditions while seated with a backrest angle of 100 and 120 degrees and exposed to WBV (intensity: 0.5 m/s2; frequency 3-20 Hz) for 5 minutes. No significant effect on performance or perceived MWL (p<0.05) was found when changes were made to the backrest angles. Exposure to WBV under two backrest angles increased mental demand (p=0.04), effort (p=0.03) and frustration (p=0.03) and negatively affected human performance (p<0.05). The present study showed that exposure to WBV could be an important variable for designing work environments that require a high level of performance and mental demand while seated. However, the findings exhibited no association between inclining backrest angle and human performance or perceived MWL.

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Jalilian, H., Gorjizadeh, O., Najafi, K., & Falahati, M. (2021). Effects of whole body vibration and backrest angle on perceived mental workload and performance. EXCLI Journal, 20, 400-411. https://doi.org/10.17179/excli2020-2699
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