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Proposed Study to Determine the Effects of Heat on Immediate Recall of Videotaped Lecture in College Students Age 18 - 25 Dana Serrata The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College PSYC 330101 December 3 1996 Dr D Freeberg Proposed Study to Determine the Effects of Heat on Immediate Recall of Videotaped Lecture in College Students Age 18 - 25 Researchers have studied many aspects of temperature effects on human perception and cognition Thermal stress in the form of extreme heat has been studied by examining the human response under this environmental condition Hancock 1986 In this way researchers hope to gain a better understanding of how the human body and mind react to adverse environmental conditions and adapt to those circumstances or surroundings Bell 1981 Many studies of this type have focused on thermal stress and human performance in the work environment Enander Hygge 1990 Bonnet 1990 Meese et al 1984 Bonnet 1990 suggests that an elevated ambient temperature increases the stress of work Researchers seem to agree that the core temperature of the body is closely tied to the perception of uncomfortable heat or cold Bell 1981 Bonnet 1990 Enander Hygge 1990 Meese et al 1984 Hancock 1986 Bell 1981 states that the core temperature of the body is 986 F and that an elevation of this temperature above 113F leads to death The American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers ASHRAE endorses a range of temperatures that may be considered ambient and provide thermal comfort for most people This ambient range is from 76F to 80F with an average relative humidity of 45 Rohles 1973 Some researchers have manipulated the ambient temperature to induce heat stress while testing subjects on cognitive and mental tasks Pepler and Warner 1968 had undergraduate students study a self-teaching programmed text during exposure to six different temperature levels ranging from 167 to
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