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Title: Breaking the Camel's Back: Can Cognitive Overload be Quantified in the Human Brain?
Contributor(s): Cocks, Bernadine  (author)orcid ; Nandagopal, Nanda (author); Vijayalakshmi, R (author); Thilaga, M (author); Dasari, Naga (author); Dahal, Nabaraj (author)
Publication Date: 2013-11-06
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.10.200Open Access Link
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Abstract: Reductionism lies at the heart of science, yet this pre-occupation with the trees may mean that cognitive science is missing the forest. Based on the assumption that individual cognitive and perceptual processes interact to form bottle-necks of processing, which, in turn, have measurable detrimental effects on human performance, whole-head continuous EEG was recorded as participants undertook baseline, mild cognitive load and heavy cognitive load tasks. Behavioral measures (reaction times and error rates) showed significant performance decrements between the mild and heavy cognitive load conditions. Graph analysis and pattern identification was then used to identify a sub-set of cortical locations reflecting significant, measurable neural differences between the mild and heavy cognitive load states. This thus lays the foundation for future research into suitable metrics for more accurately measuring degree of global cognitive load as well as practical applications such as developing simple devices for measuring cognitive load in real time.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, v.97, p. 21-29
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Place of Publication: The Netherlands
ISSN: 1877-0428
Field of Research (FOR): 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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