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Information processing capacity while wearing personal protective eyewear

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It is difficult to overemphasize the function vision plays in information processing, specifically in maintaining postural control. Vision appears to be an immediate, effortless event; suggesting that eyes need only to be open to employ the visual information provided by the environment. This study is focused on investigating the effect of Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulated personal protective eyewear (29 CFR 1910.133) on physiological and cognitive factors associated with information processing capabilities. Twenty-one college students between the ages of 19 and 25 years were randomly tested in each of three eyewear conditions (control, new and artificially aged) on an inclined and horizontal support surface for auditory and visual stimulus reaction time. Data collection trials consisted of 50 randomly selected (25 auditory, 25 visual) stimuli over a 10-min surface-eyewear condition trial. Auditory stimulus reaction time was significantly affected by the surface by eyewear interaction (F 2,40  = 7.4; p  
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Keywords: Information processing; Personal protective equipment; Personal protective eyewear; Reaction time; Selective attention

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreational Management, University of Mississippi, Mississippi, 38677, USA 2: Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University, Alabama, USA 3: Division of Health, Leisure, Exercise Science, University of West Florida, Florida, USA 4: Department of Health and Human Performance, Auburn University, Alabama, USA

Publication date: August 15, 2006

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