Journal of Ergonomics

Journal of Ergonomics
Open Access

ISSN: 2165-7556

Luigi Bregant

Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

  • Short Communication   
    The Importance of Psychophysiological Factors in Comfort Studies
    Author(s): Martina Lorenzino, Luigi Bregant* and Flavia D’Agostin

    In the last years the concept of comfort is changed. Recent findings underline the role of physiological and psychological processes in determining the perception of individual’s comfort. Comfort has been traditionally measured in terms of physiological reactivity during the exposure to an environmental stimulus. In experimental studies, the activity of the autonomous nervous system is assessed by measuring Heart Rate Variability (HRV), while participants are exposed to the stimulation. The increase of the activity of the sympathetic nervous system and the decrease of the response of the parasympathetic nervous systems are considered indices of a stress (discomfort) response. Interestingly, recent studies have shown that the response to the stressor is also influenced by psychological processes. It has been found that the response of the autonomous nervous system changed as a fu.. View More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2165-7556.21.s1.001

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