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Digital Object Identifier (DOI) : 10.14569/IJACSA.2013.040327
Article Published in International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications(IJACSA), Volume 4 Issue 3, 2013.
Abstract: Universities, schools, and training centers are seeking to improve their computer-based  and distance learning classes through the addition of short training videos, often referred to as podcasts . As distance learning and computer based training become more popular, it is of great interest to measure if students are attentive to recorded lessons and short training videos. The proposed research presents a novel approach to this issue. Signal processing of electroencephalogram (EEG) has proven useful in measuring attentiveness in a variety of applications such as vehicle operation and listening to sonar           . Additionally, studies have shown that EEG data can be correlated to the ability of participants to remember television commercials days after they have seen them . Electrical engineering presents a possible solution with recent advances in the use of biometric signal analysis for the detection of affective (emotional) response           . Despite the wealth of literature on the use of EEG to determine attentiveness in a variety of applications, the use of EEG for the detection of attentiveness towards short training videos has not been studied, nor is there a great deal of consistency with regard to specific methods that would imply a single method for this new application. Indeed, there is great variety in EEG signal processing and machine learning methods described in the literature cited above and in other literature       . This paper presents a novel method which uses EEG as an input to an automated system that measures a participant’s attentiveness while watching a short training video. This paper provides the results of a pilot study, including a structured comparison of signal processing and machine learning methods to find optimal solutions which can be extended to other applications.
Paul Alton Nussbaum and Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, “Pilot Study: The Use of Electroencephalogram to Measure Attentiveness towards Short Training Videos” International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications(IJACSA), 4(3), 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.14569/IJACSA.2013.040327