Examining the reliability of using fNIRS in realistic HCI settings for spatial and verbal tasks
Maior, Horia A. and Pike, Matthew and Sharples, Sarah and Wilson, Max L. (2015) Examining the reliability of using fNIRS in realistic HCI settings for spatial and verbal tasks. In: CHI 2015: Crossings, 18-23 April 2015, Seoul, South Korea.
Official URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2702123.2702315
Recent efforts have shown that functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) has potential value for brain sensing in HCI user studies. Research has shown that, although large head movement significantly affects fNIRS data, typical keyboard use, mouse movement, and non-task-related verbalisations do not affect measurements during Verbal tasks. This work aims to examine the Reliability of fNIRS, by 1) confirming these prior findings, and 2) significantly extending our understanding of how artefacts affect recordings during Spatial tasks, since much of user interfaces and interaction is inherently spatial. Our results show that artefacts have a significantly different impact during Verbal and Spatial tasks. We contribute clearer insights into using fNIRS as a tool within HCI user studies.
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