International Journal of Networked and Distributed Computing

Volume 2, Issue 4, October 2014, Pages 259 - 268

Brain Activity Measurement during Program Comprehension with NIRS

Authors
Yoshiharu Ikutani, Hidetake Uwano
Corresponding Author
Yoshiharu Ikutani
Available Online 31 October 2014.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/ijndc.2014.2.4.7How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Program comprehension, Brain activity measurement, NIRS, Frontal pole
Abstract
Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has been used as a low cost, noninvasive method to measure brain activity. In this paper, we experiment to measure the effects of variables and controls in a source code to brain activity during program comprehension. The measurement results are evaluated after noise reduction and normalization to statistical analysis. As the result of the experiment, significant differences in brain activity were observed at a task that requires memorizing variables to understand a code snippet. On the other hand, no significant differences between different levels of mental arithmetic tasks were observed. We conclude that the frontal pole reflects workload to short-term memory caused by variables without affected from calculation.
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Journal
International Journal of Networked and Distributed Computing
Volume-Issue
2 - 4
Pages
259 - 268
Publication Date
2014/10/31
ISSN (Online)
2211-7946
ISSN (Print)
2211-7938
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/ijndc.2014.2.4.7How to use a DOI?
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This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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