Measurement of occupants' stress based on electroencephalograms (EEG) in twelve combined environments

Yoorim Choi, Minjung Kim, Chungyoon Chun

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This study examines the effects of indoor environment on stress levels. Temperature, odor irritants, and sound were selected as environmental elements to be studied within the combined environment, and these were individually controlled in a total of 12 combined environments with established climate chambers. The occupants' stress was measured using paper-based tests, and the two combined environments that showed the most different stress aspects were determined based on their results. A second test was then performed using an electroencephalogram (EEG), and in this test, occupants' stress in the two combined environments were compared using an EEG analysis to generate a brain map showing occupants' stress states from a physiological perspective. Experimental results indicate that occupants' stress was maximized when they were exposed to a temperature of 30°C, odor irritants (VOCs) and to road traffic noises. In this stressful environment, it is presumed that the differences in brain mapping of the relative high-beta wave in the temporal lobe can be useful when assessing participants' stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalBuilding and Environment
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Mid-career Researcher Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology(MEST) (NRF- 2013R1A2A2A01068823 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Building and Construction


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