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The Effect of Indoor Thermal Comfort on Visual Search Task Performances in a Personal Learning Environment
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 3, Issue 6, December 2014, Pages: 185-191
Received: Oct. 16, 2014; Accepted: Nov. 11, 2014; Published: Nov. 17, 2014
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Authors
Yoon-Ki Min, Dept. of Psychology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea
Woo-Hyun Jung, Dept. of Psychology, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, South Korea
Boseong Kim, Dept. of Philosophical Counseling and Psychology, Dong-Eui University, Busan, South Korea
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Abstract
This study examined the effect of perceived indoor thermal comfort of a personal learning environment on students’ performances of the visual search task. To do this, 11 participants who attended a high school completed the scale of indoor thermal comfort in the simulated learning environment and they performed the visual search task which reflects selective attention. As a result, there was a strong negative correlation between indoor thermal comfort and visual search task performance regardless of task difficulty. This was different from the common sense view that comfortable environments improve occupant’s performances. While this result could have been affected by students’ arousal level or perceived sensitivity to the environments, these variables didn’t appear to significantly influence the inverse relationship between indoor thermal comfort and visual search task performance. These findings could potentially be used to shape an optimal thermal learning environment in order to improve learner’s learning performance.
Keywords
Indoor Thermal Comfort, Visual Search Task Performance, Perceived Thermal Sensitivity, Arousal Level, Learning Environment
To cite this article
Yoon-Ki Min, Woo-Hyun Jung, Boseong Kim, The Effect of Indoor Thermal Comfort on Visual Search Task Performances in a Personal Learning Environment, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 6, 2014, pp. 185-191. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20140306.11
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