MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Eric W. Sellers
Matthew McBee, Russell Brown, Shannon Ross-Sheehy
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neurodegenerative disorders can cause individuals to lose control of their muscles until they are unable to move or communicate. The development of brain-computer interface (BCI) technology has provided these individuals with an alternative method of communication that does not require muscle movement. Recent research has shown the impact psychological factors have on BCI performance and has highlighted the need for further research. Working memory is one psychological factor that could influence BCI performance. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the relationship between working memory and brain-computer interface performance. The results indicate that both working memory and general intelligence are significant predictors of BCI performance. This suggests that working memory training could be used to improve performance on a BCI task.
Thesis - Open Access
Sprague, Samantha A., "The Effects of Working Memory on Brain-Computer Interface Performance" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2400. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2400
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