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Using EEG Frontal Asymmetry to Predict IT User’s Perceptions Regarding Usefulness, Ease of Use and Playfulness

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Abstract

Information systems (IS) community is increasingly interested in employing neuroscience tools and methods in order to develop new theories concerning Human–computer interaction (HCI) and further understand IS acceptance models. The new field of NeuroIS has been introduced to address these issues. NeuroIS researchers have proposed encephalography (EEG), among other neuroscience instruments, as a valuable usability metric, when used effectively in appropriately designed experiments. Moreover, numerous researchers have suggested that EEG frontal asymmetry may serve as an important metric of user experience. Based on the aforementioned evidence, this study aims to integrate frontal asymmetry with Technology acceptance model (TAM). Particularly, we assumed that frontal asymmetry might predict users’ perceptions regarding Usefulness and Ease of Use. Furthermore, we hypothesized that frontal asymmetry might also affect (influence) users’ Perceived Playfulness. Specifically, 82 (43 females and 39 males) undergraduate students were chosen to use a Computer-Based Assessment (while being connected to the EEG) in the context of an introductory informatics course. Results confirmed our hypothesis as well as points of theory about Information technology (IT) acceptance variables. This is one of the first studies to suggest that frontal asymmetry could serve as a valuable tool for examining IT acceptance constructs and better understanding HCI.

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Moridis, C.N., Terzis, V., Economides, A.A. et al. Using EEG Frontal Asymmetry to Predict IT User’s Perceptions Regarding Usefulness, Ease of Use and Playfulness. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback 43, 1–11 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10484-017-9379-8

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Keywords

  • TAM
  • EEG frontal asymmetry
  • Perceived playfulness
  • Perceived usefulness
  • Perceived ease of use