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Effects of a feedback signal in a computer mouse on movement behaviour, muscle load, productivity, comfort and user friendliness

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Author: Korte, E.M. de · Kraker, H. de · Bongers, P.M. · Lingen, P. van
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:Ergonomics, 11, 51, 1757-1775
Identifier: 241092
doi: doi:10.1080/00140130802327177
Keywords: Workplace · Arbeidsproductiviteit · Comfort · Computer mouse · Feedback · Movement behaviour · Muscle load · Productivity · Productivity · Telecommunication networks · Activation patterns · Comfort · Computer mouse · Experimental studies · Extensor muscles · Feedback signals · Movement behaviour · Muscle loadings · Repeated measures · Tactile feedbacks · User friendlinesses · Muscle · adult · arm muscle · article · biomechanics · computer mouse · ergonomics · feedback system · female · human · human experiment · locomotion · male · man machine interaction · motor performance · muscle contraction · muscle stress · productivity · task performance · weight bearing · Adult · Computer Peripherals · Efficiency · Feedback · Female · Health Behavior · Health Surveys · Human Engineering · Humans · Male · Movement · Muscle Contraction · Muscle, Skeletal · Personal Satisfaction · Pilot Projects · Posture · Questionnaires · User-Computer Interface · Healthy for Life · Healthy Living


To study the effects of a tactile feedback signal in a computer mouse on reduction of hovering behaviour and consequently on changes in muscle load, productivity, comfort and user friendliness, a comparative, experimental study with repeated measures was conducted. Fifteen subjects performed five trials with different mouse actions and a standardised task, once with a mouse with the feedback signal and once with a mouse without the feedback signal. Holding the hand just above the mouse caused higher muscle loading than clicking and scrolling. Holding the hand on the mouse caused higher muscle loading than resting the hand on the desk. The feedback signal effectively decreased hovering behaviour. It also led to a more dynamic activation pattern of the extensor muscles of the forearm. The overall opinion of the feedback signal for future use was rated as somewhat variable. No effects on discomfort or productivity were found. The use of a mouse with a tactile vibrating feedback signal seems promising for preventing arm complaints, although more research is needed to establish the clinical relevance.