EEG Coherence Within Tutoring Dyads: A Novel Approach for Pedagogical Efficiency

  • Bradly Stone
  • Kelly Correa
  • Nandan Thor
  • Robin Johnson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9183)


The current study examined EEG coherence across Coach-Learner dyads on a spatial reasoning video game, Tetris®, using an event-locked psychophysiological synching platform. We hypothesized that (1) an intra-individual increase in Theta and a decrease in high Alpha (10-12 Hz) fronto-temporal coherence would occur across increasing difficulty levels, and (2) inter-individual fronto-temporal coherence in high Alpha would increase among lower skilled players. A sample of n = 5 healthy dyads completed the protocol with each learner playing 3 rounds of Tetris®. Across all participants (low-skilled and high-skilled), the intra-individual preliminary results presented herein indicate significant elevation in fronto-parietal coherence. Moreover, the low-skilled players experienced an increase in Theta coherence and high Alpha coherence–the latter not as expected from literature. The high-skilled players had significant reductions in fronto-parietal high Alpha coherence and small increases in Theta. The inter-individual (coach-learner) dyadic coherence results for the low-skilled player showed increased Theta coherence for Coach-Frontal:Learner-Parietal (CF:LP), with no significant change in high Alpha. Meanwhile, an increase in high Alpha coherence was observed in the Coach-Parietal:Learner-Frontal (CP:LF). The high-skilled player experienced decreased Theta coherence for CF:LP, with no significant change in high Alpha, yet a substantial increase in Theta coherence and decrease in high Alpha coherence was observed for CP:LF. These data support the application of coherence analyses for the improvement of pedagogical approaches and provide optimism that further granulated explorations of the data herein could lead to a more thorough understanding of the dynamics of dyadic learning.


EEG Coherence Dyads Education STEM 



This work was supported by The Office of Naval Research (contract # N0014-13-P-1068) under Project Officer, Dr. Ray Perez, and in collaboration with Dr. Anna Skinner of Anthrotronix Inc. The views, opinions, and/or findings contained in this article are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official views or policies, either expressed or implied, of The Office of Naval Research Agency or the Department of Defense.

The authors would like to thank Cole Tran, of Advanced Brain Monitoring, for his help in constructing the figures found herein. Additionally, author Johnson, R. R. is a share holder in Advanced Brain Monitoring, which may benefit financially from the publication of these data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bradly Stone
    • 1
  • Kelly Correa
    • 1
  • Nandan Thor
    • 1
  • Robin Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc.CarlsbadUSA

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