Cognitive Collaboration Found in Cardiac Physiology : Study in Classroom Environment

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Ahonen , L , Cowley , B , Torniainen , J , Ukkonen , A , Vihavainen , A & Puolamäki , K 2016 , ' Cognitive Collaboration Found in Cardiac Physiology : Study in Classroom Environment ' , PLoS One , vol. 11 , no. 7 , 0159178 .

Title: Cognitive Collaboration Found in Cardiac Physiology : Study in Classroom Environment
Author: Ahonen, Lauri; Cowley, Benjamin; Torniainen, Jari; Ukkonen, Antti; Vihavainen, Arto; Puolamäki, Kai
Contributor organization: Behavioural Sciences
Department of Computer Science
RAGE - Agile Education Research group / Matti Luukkainen
Date: 2016-07-14
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: PLoS One
ISSN: 1932-6203
Abstract: It is known that periods of intense social interaction result in shared patterns in collaborators' physiological signals. However, applied quantitative research on collaboration is hindered due to scarcity of objective metrics of teamwork effectiveness. Indeed, especially in the domain of productive, ecologically-valid activity such as programming, there is a lack of evidence for the most effective, affordable and reliable measures of collaboration quality. In this study we investigate synchrony in physiological signals between collaborating computer science students performing pair-programming exercises in a class room environment. We recorded electrocardiography over the course of a 60 minute programming session, using lightweight physiological sensors. We employ correlation of heart-rate variability features to study social psychophysiological compliance of the collaborating students. We found evident physiological compliance in collaborating dyads' heart-rate variability signals. Furthermore, dyads' self-reported workload was associated with the physiological compliance. Our results show viability of a novel approach to field measurement using lightweight devices in an uncontrolled environment, and suggest that self-reported collaboration quality can be assessed via physiological signals.
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
5144 Social psychology
113 Computer and information sciences
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