Effects of Indoor Environmental Quality on Concentration

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Abstract

There is a lack of long-term research on the effects of indoor environmental quality on concentration in real environments using objective measurements. Concentration is an essential part of learning and processing information. Since pupils and students spend large parts of their days indoors, it can have major effects on their concentration. This paper presents an environmental monitoring system for collecting continuous indoor environmental quality data and studies the relationship between indoor environmental quality and pupil concentration in a real-life environment. An 18-week pilot was conducted in one school in Northern Finland during the autumn in 2018. Pupils (n=83) and teachers (n=4) in four classrooms participated in the study. Data on pupil concentration was collected twice a week via paper-format concentration tests. Additionally, teachers evaluated pupil concentration on a daily basis. A non-parametric correlation analysis (Spearman) was performed to investigate the associations between indoor environmental quality and pupil concentration. A statistically significant inverse association was found between pupil concentration and the relative humidity in all four classrooms, but no consistent associations with other indoor environmental quality parameters were found.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAMBIENT 2020
Subtitle of host publicationThe Tenth International Conference on Ambient Computing, Applications, Services and Technologies
Place of PublicationNice, France
PublisherInternational Academy, Research, and Industry Association IARIA
Pages22-27
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61208-814-3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventTenth International Conference on Ambient Computing, Applications, Services and Technologies, AMBIENT 2020 - Onsite and Online Options, Nice, France
Duration: 25 Oct 202029 Oct 2020

Publication series

SeriesAMBIENT ... the ... International Conference on Ambient Computing, Applications, Services and Technologies
ISSN2326-9324

Conference

ConferenceTenth International Conference on Ambient Computing, Applications, Services and Technologies, AMBIENT 2020
Abbreviated titleAMBIENT 2020
CountryFrance
CityNice
Period25/10/2029/10/20

Keywords

  • Indoor air quality
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • concentration
  • school
  • pupil

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