New study shows: the right office chair boosts brain activity.

Munich-Haar, February 2015

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The way we sit every day at the office has a significant impact on our brain's activity and on our ability to concentrate and perform. This has been revealed by a new study carried out by the Institute of Sports Sciences at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. In the test an electroencephalogram (EEG) was used to measure brain wave activities that indicate the level of alertness and concentration. The behaviour of the test persons was also monitored during the test.

The test: office chair versus rigid stool versus swopper active chair

45 persons age between 22 and 27 took part in the study that was headed by Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schöllhorn and Dr. Diana Henz of Mainz University, Department for Training and movement sciences. The participants performed standardised test to determine their short and long-term concentration skills while sting on a normal office chair, on a rigid stool and on a three dimensional active swopper from aeries. For this purpose, small electrodes were used to measure the brain activity (EEG) - as a concentration equivalent.

The result: sitting on the swopper there was a significant increase in alpha, beta and theta brain waves, these being particularly related to the state of alertness. The participants were also able to solve many more tasks with significantly shorter reaction times than in the tests using the rigid stool or conventional office chair.

The study carried out by Prof. Dr Schöllhorn concluded that "working on the active swopper has a positive impact on the ability to concentrate and on brain activity. The results are of major importance for the design of learning and working environments".