Mind over mouse: The effect of cognitive load on mouse movement behavior

G. Mark Grimes, Joseph S Valacich

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Abstract

Identifying when users are experiencing heightened cognitive load has a number of important applications for businesses, online education, and personal computer use. In this paper, we present a method for detecting heightened cognitive load using a technique known as mouse dynamics (MD). We provide an overview of cognitive science literature linking changes in cognitive states to interruptions of fine motor control to provide a theoretical base for our work. We then describe a laboratory experiment in which low, medium, and high cognitive load were elicited while MD features were captured. We found that participants exhibited longer task duration, longer mouse movements, more direction changes, and slower speed when under high cognitive load.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 International Conference on Information Systems: Exploring the Information Frontier, ICIS 2015
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
StatePublished - 2015
Event2015 International Conference on Information Systems: Exploring the Information Frontier, ICIS 2015 - Fort Worth, United States
Duration: Dec 13 2015Dec 16 2015

Other

Other2015 International Conference on Information Systems: Exploring the Information Frontier, ICIS 2015
CountryUnited States
CityFort Worth
Period12/13/1512/16/15

Keywords

  • Cognitive load
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Mouse dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics

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    Grimes, G. M., & Valacich, J. S. (2015). Mind over mouse: The effect of cognitive load on mouse movement behavior. In 2015 International Conference on Information Systems: Exploring the Information Frontier, ICIS 2015 Association for Information Systems.