Understanding Programming Expertise: An Empirical Study of Phasic Brain Wave Changes
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Recent decades have seen a resurgence of interest in electroencephalography (EEG), as neuroscience develops new models of cognition and refines old ones, associating them with detectable indicators of brain activity. This article presents a more direct measure of programmer expertise, derived from noninvasive observation of the brain's electrical activity. This article provides a foundational approach for investigating the role of expertise in programming language comprehension, showing that this electrical activity in the brain can indicate (1) prior programming experience by class level (current state of progression through an undergraduate computer science program), and (2) self-reported experience levels. © 2015 ACM.
BCI; Brain-computer interface; Empirical studies; HCI; Human factors; Program comprehension
Understanding Programming Expertise: An Empirical Study of Phasic Brain Wave Changes.
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 23(1),