Hans Richter

Professor, Docent
Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D

E-mail: hrr@hig.se

Operator: 026-64 85 00
Phone: 026-64 87 22
Cellphone: 070-660 72 14

Research area

Information technology (IT) has increased and changed the load for individuals in the workplace. Small displays and small text size on many IT applications leads to a reduced viewing distance and poorer posture with increasing biomechanical and oculomotor loads as a result. Mental stress related to the high amount of information received and processed contributes in parallel to increase the level of activity in the neck/shoulder/arm muscles.

Demographic trends also mean that the proportion of older workers who regularly perform visually demanding work has increased. When the visual system’s muscles, sensory and/or perceptual functions are subjected to high levels of demands that are outside that for which the eyes are evolutionarily adapted to cope with, this impacts on health and wellbeing. The overall goal of my current research, in this context, is to explore and describe linkages between visually deficient work conditions and its effects on physical and mental health and performance

Recent publications

Domkin, D., Forsman, M. & Richter, H. (2019). Effect of ciliary-muscle contraction force on trapezius muscle activity during computer mouse work. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119 (2), 389-397. 10.1007/s00421-018-4031-8 [More information]
Richter, H. & Long, J. (2019). The pitfalls of the traditional office ergonomics model in the current mobile work environment:  Is visual ergonomic health literacy the remedy?. Work : A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, 63 (3), 447-456. 10.3233/WOR-192937 [More information]
Long, J. & Richter, H. (2019). Visual ergonomics on-the-go. Work : A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, 63 (3), 321-324. 10.3233/WOR-192936 [More information]
Richter, H., Brautaset, R. & Hägnefelt, F. (2019). Inför en obligatorisk synundersökning för samtliga elever i årskurs 2. Många människor lider av läs- och skrivsvårigheter i onödan. Sydsvenskan (02-dec). [More information]
Richter, H., Domkin, D., Elcadi, G., Andersson, H., Högberg, H. & Englund, M. (2019). A Comparison of Mental and Visual Load Resulting from Semi-automated and Conventional Forest Forwarding : An Experimental Machine Simulation Study. Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) : Volume X: Auditory and Vocal Ergonomics, Visual Ergonomics, Psychophysiology in Ergonomics, Ergonomics in Advanced Imaging. Cham. S. 199-208. 10.1007/978-3-319-96059-3_22 [More information]
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