A pilot study to assess the usability of software for simulated office work

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20375326
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleInternal Report (National Research Council Canada. Institute for Research in Construction); no. IRC-IR-704
Physical description30 p.
AbstractThis pilot investigation tested the usability of custom designed computerized software to test typing, proofreading and reaction time skills. The software will be used to determine the effects of lighting quality on office work performance in future studies. Six temporary office workers did 36, 10 minute sessions of the three tasks for one 7.5 hour day. Both Proofreading Task and Typing Task used conditions of 3 screen colours x 2 font types x 2 font sizes. Conveyor Belt, the reaction time test, used 5 symbol speeds x 3 symbol colours x 2 target frequencies x 2 times of day. Typing Task and Proofreading Task were familiar to the subjects, making the tasks too easy and the results less clearly related to font size and screen colour. Smaller font size and gray background made the most difficult typing conditions; small font and blue background were the most difficult for proofreading. Conveyor Belt was more sensitive to changes in other variables at high symbol speeds. Low target probability with blue symbols at the fastest speeds gave thepoorest performance.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC numberNRC-IRC-5871
NPARC number20375326
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Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2017-07-05
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