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Fujitsu tests effects of scent on concentration

JAPAN: A collaboration between air conditioning manufacturer Fujitsu General and Japan’s NOK Corporation has found that fragrance can have a positive effect on concentration and alertness.

Experiments using an electroencephalogram brain wave measurement device were said to have demonstrated a higher level of concentration and alertness when exposed to scent.

The demonstration experiment at Fujitsu General’s Advanced Engineering Lab at its Kawasaki head office provided a visualisation of the brain activity of ten volunteers. The electroencephalogram measurement device was equipped with Sotto Brain, a biological signal rubber electrode developed by NOK that can transmit even weak brain waves.

From the measured brain waves, researchers were able to analyse which areas of the brain become active during work and rest, and visualised how the degree of concentration and alertness changed.

Based on the results, Fujitsu General plans to utilise it to create new value in the new role of air conditioners.

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