The effect of a feedback signal in a computer mouse on hovering behaviour, productivity, comfort and usability in a field study

Ergonomics. 2008 Feb;51(2):140-55. doi: 10.1080/00140130701565646.


The aim of this study was to determine the effect of a tactile feedback signal on hovering behaviour, productivity, usability and comfort after 1 week of using an experimental mouse. In a randomized controlled trial, a regular computer mouse was compared to a new developed mouse with a tactile, vibrating feedback signal to prevent unnecessary hovering above the computer mouse. According to this study, participants do decrease their hovering behaviour when using a mouse with tactile feedback. Furthermore, the mouse with tactile feedback did not influence productivity. Usability was rated somewhat mixed. The use of a mouse with a tactile vibrating feedback signal seems promising for preventing neck, shoulder and arm complaints. Further research is needed to study long-term effects on (prevention of) neck, shoulder and arm complaints and development of learning effects.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Efficiency*
  • Feedback, Psychological / physiology*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Man-Machine Systems*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / etiology
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Health*
  • Posture*
  • User-Computer Interface*
  • Vibration
  • Workplace*