Measuring Experience and Competence by Means of Electrodermal Activity – The Model of Experience-Dependent Somatic Activation

  • Tobias HeineEmail author
  • Barbara Deml
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 827)


When designing automated systems where users are still expected to take over control (e.g. automated driving up to level 3), it is important to prevent a critical loss of experience-based competence. Based on the somatic marker hypothesis, a model of experience-dependent somatic activation is proposed. It offers a theoretical linkage between the level of experience of a user and the mean somatic activation that can be measured by means of electrodermal activity. The model is consistent with both empirical findings and the theoretical conception of somatic markers.


Electrodermal activity Somatic marker hypothesis Psychophysiology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Human and Industrial EngineeringKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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