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Author Jeong, Woon Seon
Source J-STAGE
Content type Text
Publisher Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology
Language English
Subject Keyword aged people ♦ clothing ♦ thermoregulation ♦ thermal sensation
Abstract Wearing behavior and thermoregulatory responses of five young women (YG; 20 ± 1 yr) and five aged women (AG; 65 ± 3 yr) to indoor cold in summer were investigated in this study. The subjects were exposed to 21.0 ± 0.5°C and 55 ± 5%RH while seated during a 90-minute experiment. The subjects were allowed to select and wear for thermal comfort clothing whenever they needed additional clothing during the experiment. Rectal temperature $(T_{re})$ and temperatures of 7 sites (head, chest, forearm, hand, thigh, leg, foot) of the skin of the subjects were measured every 10 minutes. Mean skin temperature $(T_{sk})$ of the subject was obtained every 10 minutes. First selection time of additional clothing was monitored and weight of selected total clothing was calculated. The results for this study were as follows: $T_{re}$ and $T_{sk}$ gradually decreased in YG and AG, however $T_{re}$ decreased less than $T_{sk}$ which decreased greater in AG than YG (p<0.01). AG’s first selection of additional clothing and thermal sensation response were slower than YG’s. Furthermore, total clothing weight was less in AG than YG. It was concluded that clothing selection behavior would modify the intrinsic thermoregulatory responses of the aged women to the cold stress in the summer.
ISSN 13413473
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1999-05-30
Journal Applied Human Science(ahs)
Volume Number 18
Issue Number 3
Page Count 4
Starting Page 87
Ending Page 90


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