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An Evaluative Effect of Temperature on the Human Cognitive Response using Stroop Test

Journal: International Journal of Mechanical and Production Engineering Research and Development (IJMPERD ) (Vol.8, No. 6)

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Page : 75-80

Keywords : Thermal Environment; Stroop Effect & Cognitive Response;

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The effect of temperature on the human cognitive response was studied using the Stroop test. In the study, 80 participants were subjected to temperatures varying from 5 oC to 40 oC and the Stroop score was measured. It was observed that 32.5% participants showed least Stroop score at 30 oC and 51.25% at 40 oC indicating better and quicker cognitive response at higher temperatures. Analysis using regression studies indicated a negative linear correlation between Stroop score and temperature with multiple R and R square value of 0.998 and 0.997 respectively. These results seem to indicate that participants were investing a greater amount of cognitive effort for a fast completion of the given task when exposed to thermal stress in order to compensate for the increased feeling of discomfort.

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