Wednesday, July 11, 2018   8:20 PM

Convention Spotlight: John G. Kruth Examines of the Effects of Mood/Emotions on Technology

What if your mood and emotion affected the performance of your computer system and networking environment? Would this alter your behavior, choices and self-regulation whilst operating technology? John G. Kruth of the Rhine Research Center, Durham, NC USA devised an experiment drawing from literature detailing the link between poltergeist investigations and indications that anxiety and stress contribute to the demonstration of unintentional PK events. Kruth selected 130 participants to assess whether anxiety causes errors in computer processes. With tightly blinded and controlled procedures, the participants completed an exercise and self-rated their anxiety during the experiment. One group had no purposeful “hiccups” as they were completing the computer-based task and the other group experienced planned obstructions and barriers designed to induce frustration and anxiety. The tests were run on a computer that was constantly communicating data to another computer – quite like that of a random number generator. What appeared in the communicated data? What is the impact and significance on businesses and organizations using computer operators and providing technical support? 

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