Measuring difficulty of program comprehension based on brain activation

Takao Nakagawa, Kenichi Matsumoto, Yasutaka Kamei, Naoyasu Ubayashi, Hidetake Uwano, Akito Monden

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Abstract

This paper extends our previous study (letter paper), which quantifies the difficulty of program comprehension based on brain activation measured by NIRS (Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy) during source code reading. We performed controlled experiments with 20 subjects. 3 of 20 subjects could not complete the measurement. We found that: (1) 16 of 17 shows strong brain activation during reading of obfuscated program (binomial test, p <0:01) and (2) subjective evaluation of difficulty is correlated with brain activation (Spearman's correlation coefficient=0.46, p <0:01).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-89
Number of pages12
JournalComputer Software
Volume33
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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