The Psychophysiology of Flow: A Systematic Review of Peripheral Nervous System Features

  • Michael T. KnierimEmail author
  • Raphael Rissler
  • Verena Dorner
  • Alexander Maedche
  • Christof Weinhardt
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation book series (LNISO, volume 25)


As information systems (IS) are increasingly able to induce highly engaging and interactive experiences, the phenomenon of flow is considered a promising vehicle to understand IS user behavior and to ultimately inform the design of flow-fostering IS. However, despite growing interest of researchers in the phenomenon, knowledge about how to continuously assess flow during IS usage is limited. Hereby, recent developments in NeuroIS and psychophysiology propose novel possibilities to overcome this limitation. This article presents the results of a systematic literature review (SLR) on peripheral nervous system indicators of flow. The findings revealed that currently four major approaches exist towards physiological measurement. Propositions for simple and unobtrusive measurement in IS research are derived in conclusion.


Flow theory Psychophysiology Systematic review NeuroIS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael T. Knierim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Raphael Rissler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Verena Dorner
    • 1
  • Alexander Maedche
    • 1
  • Christof Weinhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Information Systems and Marketing (IISM)KarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.SAP SEWalldorfGermany

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