Ergonomics: an International Journal of Research and Practice in Human Factors and Ergonomics vol:36 issue:4 pages:331-339
It is unclear whether the menstrual cycle affects the basics of performance, mainly task performance and cognitive functions. We examined menstrual cycle effects on VDT-based task performance, cognitive indices based on the signal-detection theory, and subjective ratings in questionnaires. We experimented in three phases: premenstrual, menstrual and postmenstrual phases. Previous studies reported premenstrual tension syndrome (PMST) in the premenstrual phase. Women used physiological and psychological strategies to cope during the menstrual phase. However, task performance, cognitive indices and subjective ratings showed no menstrual cycle effects. Thus, we can conclude that the information processing for the VDT-based task was not affected by menstrual cycle.