The tiny effects of respiratory masks on physiological, subjective, and behavioral measures under mental load in a randomized controlled trial

dc.contributor.authorSpang, Robert P.
dc.contributor.authorPieper, Kerstin
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-10T06:00:26Z
dc.date.available2021-12-10T06:00:26Z
dc.date.issued2021-10-01
dc.description.abstractSince the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), face coverings are recommended to diminish person-to-person transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Some public debates concern claims regarding risks caused by wearing face masks, like, e.g., decreased blood oxygen levels and impaired cognitive capabilities. The present, pre-registered study aims to contribute clarity by delivering a direct comparison of wearing an N95 respirator and wearing no face covering. We focused on a demanding situation to show that cognitive efficacy and individual states are equivalent in both conditions. We conducted a randomized-controlled crossover trial with 44 participants. Participants performed the task while wearing an N95 FFR versus wearing none. We measured physiological (blood oxygen saturation and heart rate variability), behavioral (parameters of performance in the task), and subjective (perceived mental load) data to substantiate our assumption as broadly as possible. We analyzed data regarding both statistical equivalence and differences. All of the investigated dimensions showed statistical equivalence given our pre-registered equivalence boundaries. None of the dimensions showed a significant difference between wearing an FFR and not wearing an FFR.en
dc.description.sponsorshipTU Berlin, Open-Access-Mittel – 2021en
dc.identifier.eissn2045-2322
dc.identifier.pmid34599253
dc.identifier.urihttps://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/14022
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-12795
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.issupplementedby10.17605/OSF.IO/C2XP5
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subject.ddc004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatikde
dc.subject.ddc150 Psychologiede
dc.subject.otherphysiologyen
dc.subject.otherpsychologyen
dc.subject.otherpublic healthen
dc.subject.otherrespiratory masken
dc.subject.otherCOVID-19en
dc.subject.otherSARS-CoV-2en
dc.titleThe tiny effects of respiratory masks on physiological, subjective, and behavioral measures under mental load in a randomized controlled trialen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber19601en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.doi10.1038/s41598-021-99100-7en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.issue1en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.journaltitleScientific Reportsen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameSpringer Natureen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceChamen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume11en
tub.accessrights.dnbfreeen
tub.affiliationFak. 4 Elektrotechnik und Informatik>Inst. Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik>Quality and Usability Labde
tub.affiliation.facultyFak. 4 Elektrotechnik und Informatik
tub.affiliation.groupQuality and Usability Lab
tub.affiliation.instituteInst. Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik
tub.publisher.universityorinstitutionTechnische Universität Berlinen
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