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Measuring electrodermal activity to capture engagement in an afterschool maker program
FabLearn 2016: Conference on Creativity and Fabrication
  • Ryan Cain, Utah State Unviersity
  • Victor R. Lee, Utah State Unviersity
Document Type
Article
Publisher
ACM
Location
Stanford, CA
Publication Date
10-14-2016
DOI
10.1145/3003397.3003409
Abstract

In this paper, we describe a new approach for exploring individual participants' engagement in youth maker activities. Participants were outfitted with wearable first person point-of-view still-image cameras and wrist-based electrodermal sensors. The researchers analyzed the recorded electrodermal data stream for surges in skin conductivity and compared them with the corresponding photographs based on their time-stamp. In following with prior work, these surges were interpreted as moments of engagement. A comparison sample was created to look at moments that lacked this psychophysiological marker. Results indicated that the two participants had both shared and divergent engagement with activities such as soldering, assembling, and programming.

Citation Information
Cain, R. & Lee, V.R. (2016). Measuring electrodermal activity to capture engagement in an afterschool maker program. In proceedings of FabLearn 2016: Conference on Creativity and Fabrication. ACM.