publication . Article . 2020

Effect of desk materials on affective states and cognitive performance

Nejc Sarabon; Michael David Burnard; Nastja Podrekar; Dean Lipovac;
Open Access
  • Published: 08 Jun 2020
Visual and tactile properties of materials can influence human emotional and cognitive functioning. Existing studies indicate that exposure to wood may lead to more favourable outcomes than contact with other common materials, but evidence is limited. We measured affective states and cognitive performance in 16 participants before and after each spent 15 min at 10 desks with differing top surfaces. Desk surfaces were made of untreated, oiled, or lacquered spruce or oak solid wood, laminated or oak-veneered particleboard, glass, and mineral-filled thermoplastic composite. The results indicate that cognitive performance and affective states of participants did not...
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Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: Wood, Materials, Emotion, Cognition, Attention, Biomaterials, Solid wood, Cognition, Cognitive psychology, Cognitive skill, Thermoplastic composites, Affect (psychology), Effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive performance, Psychology, Desk
Funded by
EC| InnoRenew CoE
InnoRenew CoE
Renewable materials and healthy environments research and innovation centre of excellence
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 739574
  • Funding stream: H2020 | SGA-CSA
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