Nintendo Wii Fit-Based Sleepiness Testing is Not Impaired by Contagious Sleepiness

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Tietäväinen , A , Kuvaldina , M & Haeggström , E 2018 , ' Nintendo Wii Fit-Based Sleepiness Testing is Not Impaired by Contagious Sleepiness ' , Safety and Health at Work , vol. 9 , no. 2 , pp. 236-238 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shaw.2017.10.004

Title: Nintendo Wii Fit-Based Sleepiness Testing is Not Impaired by Contagious Sleepiness
Author: Tietäväinen, Aino; Kuvaldina, Maria; Haeggström, Edward
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
Date: 2018-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 3
Belongs to series: Safety and Health at Work
ISSN: 2093-7911
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299118
Abstract: Sleep deprivation may cause accidents, and it has deteriorating effects on health. A measurement of postural steadiness by a portable and affordable Nintendo Wii Fit balance board can be used to quantify a person's alertness. At work, people are under the influence of their environment-often other peopledthat may affect their alertness. This work investigates whether sleep deprivation among people is "contagious," as quantified by sway measures. We measured 21 volunteers' postural steadiness while alert and sleep deprived. During the measurements, a screen placed in front of the participants showed a footage of either alert or sleep-deprived faces. We found a significant difference between the day time and night time steadiness, but found no effect resulting from watching footage of sleep-deprived people. This finding shows that a posturographic sleepiness tester quantifies physiological sleep deprivation, and is insensitive to the influence of social factors. (C) 2017 Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, Published by Elsevier Korea LLC.
Subject: contagious sleepiness
portable and affordable sleepiness tester
posturography
social contagion
POSTURAL CONTROL
DEPRIVATION
STEADINESS
FRAMEWORK
ALERTNESS
SWAY
113 Computer and information sciences
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