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Influence of environmental temperature on motor control and motor learning: A DIY EMG investigation

Giusti, F.S. (2023) Influence of environmental temperature on motor control and motor learning: A DIY EMG investigation.

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Abstract:Studies show that the temperature of the environment can have physical and psychological effects on individuals. This study aims to analyse and confirm previous studies on how the temperature of a room affects a person's psychological wellbeing and motor learning. In addition, this study investigates the effects of environmental temperature on motor control and muscle co-activation using a DIY technology. This study analysed two conditions, a cold condition of 19 degrees Celsius and an ideal temperature condition of 23 degrees Celsius. The NASA TLX was used to analyse the stress and frustration levels of the participants. A DIY buzz wire technique and DIY electromyography (EMG) were used to analyse the effect of temperature on motor control and motor learning. The results showed a trend for participants in the ideal warmer temperature condition to have smoother movements during the buzz wire task, leading to better performance. However, this effect was not statistically significant and may have been confounded by some problems with the recording rate of the apparatus used for this experiment. In addition, this study confirms other studies on the positive psychological effects and reduced frustration levels when the ambient temperature is within ideal standards. In addition, this research has been able to analyse the benefits and problems of building your own setup for research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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