Burnout in the Brain at Work

Long-term exposure to a stressful working environment where demands of the job exceed the resources of the worker may develop into job burnout. It is a major concern in working life, and in Finland, approximately one fourth of working aged people experience symptoms of burnout. The present thesis explores how pre-attentive auditory processing, and attentional and cognitive control processes are associated with burnout, through using scalp recordings of ERPs extracted from continuous EEGs. The findings show that burnout is associated with alterations in ERP responses reflecting involuntary attention shift and voluntary task-related processes.