Summaries of Our Applied Research: Miscellaneous
Summary: Text-message distraction while driving has been associated with an alarming and growing number of injuries and fatalities. This study identified potential biomechanical indications that could potentially serve as a warning with the intent of reducing crashes from texting. It may be useful to take into account both temporal and biomechanical measures when considering warning systems to detect texting distraction.
Summary: Discomfort has been studied extensively in order to enhance the seating design process. However, biomechanical and physiological responses relative to subjective discomfort have been largely ignored in the literature. Considering these responses along with anthropometry may provide insight into why a specific individual reports a seat as uncomfortable. This study provides preliminary evidence that a few anthropometric factors play a role in physiological responses of the body during prolonged sitting. The interaction between anthropometry and sitting appears to initiate physiological responses that are associated with changes in discomfort reporting.