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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Exercise Physiology

Abstract

Research has demonstrated that the ability to perform an activity requires adequate concentration and limited distractions. There is some evidence that that using an oral sensory distraction device, such as chewing gum or eating candy, may improve performance in such activities. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of an oral sensory distraction device on concentration, coordination, and reaction times. METHODS: Subjects performed three treatments (control, gum, candy) in randomized, counterbalanced order prior to a randomized testing tasks, Korner’d, threading various sized nuts and bolts together, and a computer based reaction time test. Heart rate, perceived rating of difficulty, and time to complete three tasks were measured. Data was analyzed using a repeated measures ANOVA to determine statistical significance at a p-value of 0.05.. Information gathered from previous research lead to the hypothesis that gum and/or candy will help with concentration, coordination, and reaction time. This information will provide additional evidence of the effect of using an oral sensory component in order to help people complete tasks.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Du Ann Kremer, Dr. Sean Collins, Dr. Nancy Cowden

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Effect of Oral Sensory Distraction Device on Concentration, Coordination, and Reaction Time

Research has demonstrated that the ability to perform an activity requires adequate concentration and limited distractions. There is some evidence that that using an oral sensory distraction device, such as chewing gum or eating candy, may improve performance in such activities. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of an oral sensory distraction device on concentration, coordination, and reaction times. METHODS: Subjects performed three treatments (control, gum, candy) in randomized, counterbalanced order prior to a randomized testing tasks, Korner’d, threading various sized nuts and bolts together, and a computer based reaction time test. Heart rate, perceived rating of difficulty, and time to complete three tasks were measured. Data was analyzed using a repeated measures ANOVA to determine statistical significance at a p-value of 0.05.. Information gathered from previous research lead to the hypothesis that gum and/or candy will help with concentration, coordination, and reaction time. This information will provide additional evidence of the effect of using an oral sensory component in order to help people complete tasks.