Quantifying programmers' mental workload during program comprehension based on cerebral blood flow measurement: A controlled experiment

Takao Nakagawa, Yasutaka Kamei, Hidetake Uwano, Akito Monden, Kenichi Matsumoto, Daniel M. German

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Program comprehension is a fundamental activity in software development that cannot be easily measured, as it is performed inside the human brain. Using a wearable Near Infra-red Spectroscopy (NIRS) device to measure cerebral blood flow, this paper tries to answer the question: Can the measurement of brain blood-flow quantify programmers' mental workload during program comprehension activities? We performed a controlled experiment with 10 subjects; 8 of them showed high cerebral blood flow while understanding strongly obfuscated programs (requiring high mental workload). This suggests the possibility of using NIRS to measure the mental workload of a person during software development activities.

本文言語英語
ホスト出版物のタイトル36th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE Companion 2014 - Proceedings
出版社Association for Computing Machinery
ページ448-451
ページ数4
ISBN(印刷版)9781450327688
DOI
出版ステータス出版済み - 1 1 2014
イベント36th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2014 - Hyderabad, インド
継続期間: 5 31 20146 7 2014

出版物シリーズ

名前36th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE Companion 2014 - Proceedings

その他

その他36th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2014
Countryインド
CityHyderabad
Period5/31/146/7/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software

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