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Effects of horizontal whole-body vibration on reading

Effects of horizontal whole-body vibration on reading
Effects of horizontal whole-body vibration on reading

Text from a newspaper was read by seated subjects (8 male, 8 female) during exposure to fore-and-aft and lateral whole-body vibration. With narrow-band random vibration at frequencies between 0.5 Hz and 10 Hz and with vibration magnitudes between 0.63 m s-2 rms and 1.25 m s-2 rms, reading speed was measured and subject ratings of reading speed were obtained. During exposure to fore-and-aft vibration, the subjects' ratings suggested that reading speed was significantly reduced at frequencies between 1.25 Hz and 6.3 Hz, with greater impairment at higher magnitudes of vibration. Maximum interference with reading was reported at 4 Hz. Measures of reading speed showed that subjects consistently overestimated their reduction in reading speed. Lateral vibration produced similar results, but the effect was less than that with fore-and-aft vibration.

performance, seating, vehicle ride, vibration, vision
0003-6870
165-169
Griffin, M. J.
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Hayward, R. A.
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Griffin, M. J.
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Hayward, R. A.
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Griffin, M. J. and Hayward, R. A. (1994) Effects of horizontal whole-body vibration on reading. Applied Ergonomics, 25 (3), 165-169. (doi:10.1016/0003-6870(94)90014-0).

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Abstract

Text from a newspaper was read by seated subjects (8 male, 8 female) during exposure to fore-and-aft and lateral whole-body vibration. With narrow-band random vibration at frequencies between 0.5 Hz and 10 Hz and with vibration magnitudes between 0.63 m s-2 rms and 1.25 m s-2 rms, reading speed was measured and subject ratings of reading speed were obtained. During exposure to fore-and-aft vibration, the subjects' ratings suggested that reading speed was significantly reduced at frequencies between 1.25 Hz and 6.3 Hz, with greater impairment at higher magnitudes of vibration. Maximum interference with reading was reported at 4 Hz. Measures of reading speed showed that subjects consistently overestimated their reduction in reading speed. Lateral vibration produced similar results, but the effect was less than that with fore-and-aft vibration.

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Published date: 1 January 1994
Keywords: performance, seating, vehicle ride, vibration, vision

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Local EPrints ID: 429172
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429172
ISSN: 0003-6870
PURE UUID: a6cca61e-3b1d-40fc-844b-209fad2d4de7
ORCID for M. J. Griffin: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0743-9502

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Last modified: 01 May 2019 00:38

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