Description and clinical studies of a device for the instantaneous detection of office-place stress

James A. Levine, Ioannis T. Pavlidis, Leslie MacBride, Zhen Zhu, Panagiotis Tsiamyrtzis

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Abstract

Occupational stress is universally experienced and is emerging as a major risk factor for physical and mental illness and a key factor in poor work performance and low job satisfaction. However, the technology does not currently exist to unobtrusively measure occupational stress in real-time. Here, we describe the design and clinical validation of an automated high-definition thermal imaging system that can be used to quantify human stress, remotely and instantaneously. Healthy human subjects underwent a computer-based version of the Stroop-color conflict test, which is a validated stress provocation test, in an experimental office facility. In separate experiments, the same subjects completed a mental arithmetic challenge. The thermal signal associated with stress provocation is near-instantaneous corrugator warming. The stress response was detected in all subjects for all stress-events compared to the respective baselines. Furthermore, there was remarkable inter-individual preservation of the corrugator signal with stress (R2= 0.96, P< 0.001). High-definition thermal imaging can be used for real-time detection of stress provocation. This technology may prove to be of help in ameliorating office-place stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-364
Number of pages6
JournalWork
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Levine, J. A., Pavlidis, I. T., MacBride, L., Zhu, Z., & Tsiamyrtzis, P. (2009). Description and clinical studies of a device for the instantaneous detection of office-place stress. Work, 34(3), 359-364. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-2009-0934

Description and clinical studies of a device for the instantaneous detection of office-place stress. / Levine, James A.; Pavlidis, Ioannis T.; MacBride, Leslie; Zhu, Zhen; Tsiamyrtzis, Panagiotis.

In: Work, Vol. 34, No. 3, 2009, p. 359-364.

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Levine, JA, Pavlidis, IT, MacBride, L, Zhu, Z & Tsiamyrtzis, P 2009, 'Description and clinical studies of a device for the instantaneous detection of office-place stress', Work, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 359-364. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-2009-0934
Levine, James A. ; Pavlidis, Ioannis T. ; MacBride, Leslie ; Zhu, Zhen ; Tsiamyrtzis, Panagiotis. / Description and clinical studies of a device for the instantaneous detection of office-place stress. In: Work. 2009 ; Vol. 34, No. 3. pp. 359-364.
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