About this Research Topic
Mental or Cognitive Fatigue (CF) can be defined as a decrease in cognitive resources developing over time on sustained cognitive demands, independently of sleepiness. CF can be observed in the context of various attentional and executive cognitive functions with, amongst others, developing difficulties to suppress irrelevant information during selective attention, increased perseverations and time needed to plan, weakened cognitive control and decreased high-level information processing, or even declining physical performance. CF is also a significant contributing factor in loss of productivity, poor academic performance, increased risks of accidents and reduced quality of life in normal and clinical populations. Although fatigue as a global phenomenon has been investigated for more than a century now, the impact of CF at personal and economic levels continues representing an alarming figure in modern societies.
With this Research Topic, we aim to better understand CF and its underlying mechanisms, and how it relates to human performance in various domains. It is therefore open, without limitation, to scholars active in the domains of cognitive sciences and human factors, neuroergonomics, clinical health and educational sciences.
Keywords: cognitive fatigue, cognition, attention, human factors, neuroergonomics
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