A preliminary study and proposed methodology: Utilisation of pervasive computing (NeXus-4) and questionnaires to determine selected physiological and psychological parameters in participants working at a higher education institute in the UK

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2008 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications, ICPCA08


High levels of stress are widespread throughout academics in institution offurther and higher education. 3 out of 20 academics from an institute of Higher Education took part in the study presented The NeXus-4 physiological monitoring system wirelessly captured various physiological data associated with stress via a portable system that supported input channels for: blood pressure, heart rate, core temperature and peripheral perfusion. 10-min baseline measurements were recorded, followed by 20 minute experimental recordings during the various academic activities. The two psychological questionnaires were issued and completed prior to recording the physiological data. Results of the current study indicated that there was significant increase in heart rate and bloodflow during marking and lecturing vs. baseline, and lecturing showed higher values compared to marking. Counterintuitively, there was a strong and significant positive correlation between job stress and job satisfaction - suggesting pressure and demands are viewed positivelyin this occupational group. © 2008 IEEE.

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