The Effect of Task Based Motivation on BCI Performance: A Preliminary Outlook

Document Type


Publication Date



Brain-Computer Interface is an alternative method of communication. The present BCI operates via eventrelated potentials (ERPs) extracted from the electroencephalograph (EEG). Items (i.e., alphanumeric characters and keyboard commands) attended to by the subject should produce a P300 ERP; unattended items should not. Participants are assigned to either a Motivation condition or a Non-motivation condition. We hypothesized that performance on a copy spelling task will be affected by an individual’s motivation, or drive, to perform well. Before the BCI task is introduced to the subjects in the motivation condition, they are read a paragraph describing the importance of the task. Subjects in the non-motivation condition are introduced to the BCI task and begin the experiment. Mean accuracy in the motivation group was 93%, significantly higher than accuracy in the nonmotivation group, 84% (t < .001). These results show that motivation can be an important factor to successful BCI use. Motivation should be considered as a factor that will influence BCI performance in disabled populatio


Pacific Grove, CA

This document is currently not available here.