Evaluation of Psychological and Physiological Responses Under Gradual Change of Thermal Conditions with Aim to Create Index to Evaluate Thermal Comfort of Clothes

Tomohiro Uemae
Shinshu University, 3-15-1 Tokida, Ueda, Nagano 386-8567, Japan

Mayumi Uemae
Shinshu University, 3-15-1 Tokida, Ueda, Nagano 386-8567, Japan

Masayoshi Kamijo
Shinshu University, 3-15-1 Tokida, Ueda, Nagano 386-8567, Japan

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Ingår i: KEER2018, Go Green with Emotion. 7th International Conference on Kansei Engineering & Emotion Research 2018, 19-22 March 2018, Kuching, Malaysia

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 146:52, s. 495-503

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Publicerad: 2018-03-13

ISBN: 978-91-7685-314-6

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Temperature and humidity at the periphery of the human body is a direct factor that influences thermal comfort. This paper describes the evaluation of thermal comfort through measurement of the physiological and psycho-logical responses to changes in the microclimate surrounding the human body. We investigated the validity of considering the results of physiological response and psychological response separately in the evaluation of thermal comfort. The temperature and humidity was changed using 2 patterns: from neutral to hot, and from hot to neutral. We measured peripheral blood flow as the physiological response and sensory test as the psychological response to changes in the microclimate. The threshold of physiology and psychology were deduced from the data of peripheral blood flow and sensory test, and the physiological thresh-old was higher than the psychological threshold. The result of our study indicates that establishing a thermal comfortable index reflecting the results of psychological and physiological responses to clothing climate is needed.


Psychophysiological response, Thermal comfort, Clothing comfort


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