Effect of music and induced mental load in word processing task

Xiaopeng Jiang, Arijit K. Sengupta

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Abstract

An experimental study was conducted to determine the effect of music and induced mental load in a word processing task. Eight subjects participated in the study. A 2x2 repeated measure design was implemented, with or without background music and with or without induced mental load. Applied typing force, typing productivity, and electromyography (EMG) of the left hand extensor digitorum muscle were measured. A computer algorithm detected the patterns of typing force, which were the cause of variability of typing force. Although overall typing productivity was compromised by music, the beneficial effect of music appeared to be a reduction of wrong finger touch during typing. The behavior change by music resulted in an increased extensor digitorum muscle activity for lifting and controlling fingers. This study contributes to the field of utilizing music to influence human performance in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Conference Digest
Pages3261-3266
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 23 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: Oct 9 2011Oct 12 2011

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
ISSN (Print)1062-922X

Other

Other2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK
Period10/9/1110/12/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Keywords

  • music
  • productivity
  • typing force
  • word processing

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