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Title: The combined effects of temperature, background noise and lighting on the non-physical task performance of university students
Author: Pronk, Laura
ISNI:       0000 0001 3502 3569
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis examines the effects of temperature, background noise and lighting on the mood and performance of university students through laboratory study. These variables are considered in the context of the various building regulations and requirements that educational spaces are subject to. Such results are useful for those involved in the design of educational spaces, acting as an extension to existing standards. A preliminary study was conducted to examine the suitability of using a withinsubjects design, the results of which demonstrate that between-subject methodologies can be more suitable. This finding was used to design a full factorial between-subject methodology. Results showed that noise was the most important variable for mood, with increased sound pressure levels being associated with more negative mood description. Students did not have to find a background noise distressing in order for their mood to be affected by it. Lighting was found have different types of negative effects in both the dim and bright condition, where bright light interfered with language fluency, and dim lighting was associated with concentration errors. Temperature is influential to students' assessment of environment comfort.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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