An Examination Of The Recovery Value Of Various Restbreak Durations For An Analytical Task

  • Thomas R. Huston
  • Richard L. Shell
  • O. Geoffrey Okogbaa
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


This study investigated the impact of restbreak duration upon the recovery patterns of subjects engaged in an analytical task. Eighteen males engaged twice in a five hour analytical task. The subjects received restbreaks every hour. The duration of the restbreaks was 5, 10, or 15 minutes. The results found that the restbreak duration was a significant factor in the recovery patterns of the subjects.


Analytical Task Efficiency Level Knowledge Worker White Collar Worker Mental Fatigue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas R. Huston
    • 1
  • Richard L. Shell
    • 1
  • O. Geoffrey Okogbaa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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