The Effects of Environmental Factors on Human Stress Levels
Jerry Chen
St John's School
Floor Location : J 162 H

Stress is a huge problem in today’s society. It lowers productivity, causes fatigue and causes people to be very unhappy. There is already a significant number of ways to, allegedly, alleviate stress, but many seem ineffectual as a large number of people continue to deal with stress on a regular basis. This experiment is designed to find how human stress levels are affected by environmental factors and how we can use these factors to reduce stress. The results of this experiment will give insight into how stress in classroom and workplace settings can be reduced.

This project will test the effects of environmental factors (seats, design of room, etc.) on human stress levels. A challenging quiz will be given to each subject, and each subject will attempt to solve as many problems as they can in 5 minutes. The reactions of subjects will be recorded and reviewed for symptoms of stress: grinding of teeth, cold or sweaty hands, dry mouth, fidgeting, compulsive actions, etc. In addition, subjects will be asked to complete a questionnaire about whether or not they have experienced any symptoms of stress. This study will define which environmental factors cause higher stress levels in individuals and which environmental factors cause lower stress levels. The level of stress can be measured using the number of stress symptoms exhibited and the severity of the .

The implications of the results of this experiment are endless. They will show which environmental factors reduce stress and which environmental factors tend to increase stress. Using the results of the experiment, we can reduce the levels of stress not only in classrooms, but workplaces and homes.