A Study in User Centered Design and Evaluation of Mental Tasks for BCI

D. Plass - Oude Bos, Mannes Poel, Antinus Nijholt

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    Current brain-computer interfacing (BCI) research focuses on detection performance, speed, and bit rates. However, this is only a small part of what is important to the user. From human-computer interaction (HCI) research, we can apply the paradigms of user-centered design and evaluation, to improve the usability and user experience. Involving the users in the design process may also help in moving beyond the limited mental tasks that are currently common in BCI systems. To illustrate the usefulness of these methods to BCI, we involved potential users in the design process of a BCI system, resulting in three new mental tasks. The experience of using these mental tasks was then evaluated within a prototype BCI system using a commercial online role-playing game. Results indicate that user preference for certain mental tasks is primarily based on the recognition of brain activity by the system, and secondly on the ease of executing the task.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Multimedia Modeling Conference, MMM 2011
    EditorsKuo-Tien Lee, Wen-Hsiang Tsai, Hong-Yuan Mark Liao, Tsuhan Chen, Jun-Wei Hsieh, Chien-Cheng Tseng
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-17828-3
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2011
    Event17th International Multimedia Modeling Conference, MMM 2011 - Taipei, Taiwan
    Duration: 5 Jan 20117 Jan 2011

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Numberpart II


    Conference17th International Multimedia Modeling Conference, MMM 2011
    Other5-7 Jan 2011


    • METIS-277448
    • Games
    • Multi-modal interaction
    • Evaluation
    • EWI-18808
    • IR-75828
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/248320
    • User centered design
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • Brain-Computer Interfacing

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