Analysis of Biosignals During Immersion in Computer Games

  • Mina Yeo
  • Seokbeen Lim
  • Gilwon YoonEmail author
Mobile & Wireless Health
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  1. Mobile & Wireless Health


The number of computer game users is increasing as computers and various IT devices in connection with the Internet are commonplace in all ages. In this research, in order to find the relevance of behavioral activity and its associated biosignal, biosignal changes before and after as well as during computer games were measured and analyzed for 31 subjects. For this purpose, a device to measure electrocardiogram, photoplethysmogram and skin temperature was developed such that the effect of motion artifacts could be minimized. The device was made wearable for convenient measurement. The game selected for the experiments was League of Legends™. Analysis on the pulse transit time, heart rate variability and skin temperature showed increased sympathetic nerve activities during computer game, while the parasympathetic nerves became less active. Interestingly, the sympathetic predominance group showed less change in the heart rate variability as compared to the normal group. The results can be valuable for studying internet gaming disorder.


Biosignal Computer game Sympathetic nerve Internet gaming disorder Heart rate variability 





Heart rate




Heart rate variability


Pulse transit time


Skin temperature



This research was supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (grant number: A120157).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethics Approval

The experiments in this paper were approved by Public Institutional Review Board Designated by Ministry of Health and Welfare (approval number: P01–201602–13-001), Korea.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that no personal relationships and financial obligations with other people or organizations regarding to this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electronic EngineeringSeoul National University of Science and TechnologySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Electronic & IT Media EngineeringSeoul National University of Science and TechnologySeoulSouth Korea

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