Journal of Ergonomics

Journal of Ergonomics
Open Access

ISSN: 2165-7556

Harry Prapavessis

Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory, Western University, Canada

  • Research   
    Standing and Dynamic Sitting: Effects on University Classroom Performance – A Pilot Study
    Author(s): Siobhan T Smith*, Matthew J Fagan, Jordan C LeSarge and Harry Prapavessis

    Background: There are health risks associated with prolonged periods of sitting. A concern with interventions to reduce sitting is performance may suffer. Purpose: This pilot study investigated the effect of alternative posture on classroom performance. Methods: University students (N=20) listened to three 50-minute lectures followed by three quizzes pertaining to the lectures, performed cognitive tasks, and rated their discomfort, ease, enjoyment, focus, and future use after each condition. For the main results, one-way repeated measures ANOVA were used to examine for differences across classic sitting, dynamic sitting, and standing conditions. Results: Classroom performance, cognitive performance, enjoyment, and focus do not suffer by changing students’ anatomical position from classic sitting. However, standing posture may cause more discomfort and diffic.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2165-7556.19.9.253

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