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Effect of stress on hand movement in a laboratory setting of high school students - preliminary research

Hyungsook Kim
1
,
David O’Sullivan
2
,
Antonio Camurri
3
,
Yonghyun Park
4
,
Ksenia Kolykhalova
3
,
Stefano Piana
3
,
JeongAe You
5
,
Hee Seong Jeong
6, 7

1.
Department of Cognitive Sciences, School of Intelligence, Graduate school of public policy, HY Digital Healthcare Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2.
Department of Sports Science, Pusan National University, Pusan, Republic of Korea
3.
Casa Paganini Infomus Research Center, Department of Infomatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and Systems Engineering, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
4.
Department of Human Art Technology, Inha University, Incheon, Republic of Korea
5.
Department of Physical Education, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
6.
Department of Physical Education, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
7.
International Olympic Committee Research Centre KOREA, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
Human Movement 2022 vol. 23 (2)
Online publish date: 2021/02/24
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Purpose
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of stress on movement before and after a computer, application-based simulated stress task.

Methods
Differences in the movement of participants was examined by measuring movement quality described by wrist accumulated distance, velocity, acceleration, jerk, and smoothness. Ten high school students performed three horizontal and vertical hand circling movements before and after a simulated concentration-based stress task. Blood pressure was measured, and a saliva sample was collected before and after stress test execution. Participants were instructed to take a 10 minutes relaxation period, perform three horizontal and vertical circling movements, a 20-minute stress task, and then perform three horizontal and vertical movements.

Results
There were significant differences between before and after the stress task in the level of cortisol (p < 0.05), heart rate (p < 0.01), smoothness (p < 0.01) and jerk movements (p < 0.05) in the vertical plane. The stress-related variables were lower after the relaxation phase than the stress task. Likewise, movements were smoother and had less jerk in the vertical plane after relaxation.

Conclusions
This study indicates the possibility that stress may affect hand movement quality in the vertical plane and therefore, we recommend that any movement behavior adaptive therapy should focus on movements in the vertical plane.

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movement, health behavior, stress, Laban Analysis, behavior

 
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