Human Computer Interaction Meets Psychophysiology: A Critical Perspective

Spapé, Michiel M. and Filetti, Marco and Eugster, Manuel J. A. and Jacucci, Giulio and Ravaja, Niklas (2015) Human Computer Interaction Meets Psychophysiology: A Critical Perspective. lecture notes in computer science, 9359. pp. 145-158. ISSN 0302-9743 Print ISBN 978-3-319-24916-2 Online ISBN 978-3-319-24917-9 (Accepted for Publication)

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Human computer interaction (HCI) groups are more and more often exploring the utility of new, lower cost electroencephalography (EEG) interfaces for assessing user engagement and experience as well as for directly controlling computers. While the potential benefits of using EEG are considerable, we argue that research is easily driven by what we term naïve neurorealism. That is, data obtained with psychophysiological devices have poor reliability and uncertain validity, making inferences on mental states difficult. This means that unless sufficient care is taken to address the inherent shortcomings, the contributions of psychophysiological human computer interaction are limited to their novelty value rather than bringing scientific advance. Here, we outline the nature and severity of the reliability and validity problems and give practical suggestions for HCI researchers and reviewers on the way forward, and which obstacles to avoid. We hope that this critical perspective helps to promote good practice in the emerging field of psychophysiology in HCI.

Item Type: Article
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Keywords: HCI, EEG, Psychophysiology, Reliability, Validity, Naïve Neurorealism
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Michiel Spape
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 11:48
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2018 10:53

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