Mouse/Muscle/Anxiety Bibliography

by Carson Reynolds

A while ago I did a blind review for a journal submission. The submission provided an amazingly thorough bibliography which I’m going excerpt here. The bibliography concerns the relationship between anxiety and physiological responses. I have focused on the references which seem related to mouse usage under stress.

Ark, W., Dryer, D.C., Lu, D.J. (1999). The Emotion Mouse. In Proc. HCI International ’99 Conference, 1999. Available at:–>Suzuki, K. (1995). On a simple method to measure the intensity of keystrokes. In Y. Anzai, K Ogawa, H. Mori (eds), Symbiosis of Human and Artifact: Human and Social Aspects of Human-Computer Interaction, Advances in Human Factors/Ergonomics, Vol.2, Elsevier: London.

Muscle tension recorded through EMG on button pressing task.

O’neil, H.F., Jr., Spielberger, C.D., and Handsen, D.N., (1969). Effects of state anxiety and task difficulty on conmputer-assisted learning, Journal of Educational Psychology, 60, 343-350.

Anxiety alters ability to perform “computer-related tasks.”

Jensen, C., Borg, V., Finsen, L., Hansen, K. Juul-Kristensen, B., and Christensen, H. (1998). Job debands, muscle activity and musculoskelatal symptoms in relation to work with the computer mouse, Scandinavian Journal of Enviromental Health, 24(5), 418-424.

“Suggest a link between muscle tension and finger pressure used to operate either the computer mouse-button or keyboard.”

Waersted, M., Bjorklund, R., and Westgaard, R. (1991). Shoulder muscle tension induced by two VDU-based tasks of different complexity, Ergonomics, 24, 137-150.

“muscle tension has been associated with cognitive activities”