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Changes in stress and subjective workload over time following a workload transition
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Human-Centered systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5943-0679
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA.
2015 (English)In: Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, ISSN 1463-922X, E-ISSN 1464-536X, Vol. 16, no 6, 586-605 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Workload transitions present individuals with sudden changes in workload. These transitions may affect stress and coping behaviour. Two experiments were performed using a digit detection task that shifted between low and high workload levels to examine transition effects on performance, stress, and effort. The first experiment used a large magnitude transition and resulted in decreased estimates of task engagement and effort. Over time, the levels of subjective stress observed in the transitioned groups approached those of the non-transitioned control groups. The second experiment used a transition more moderate in magnitude. The results were similar to those from the first experiment except that the transition resulted in higher, sustained task engagement and effort. These findings indicate that over time, the perceived stress of transitioned individuals will approach those of non-transitioned individuals; however, the magnitude of the transition may influence individuals to either increase or decrease task-oriented, effortful coping.

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2015. Vol. 16, no 6, 586-605 p.
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stress, workload, human factors, ergonomics, workload transition
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Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128184DOI: 10.1080/1463922X.2015.1084397OAI: diva2:929837
Available from: 2016-05-20 Created: 2016-05-20 Last updated: 2016-06-03

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