Continuous detection of workload overload: An fNIRS approach

Horia A. Maior, Matthew Pike, Max L. Wilson, Sarah Sharples

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Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a brain imaging technique that offers the potential to provide continuous, detailed insight into human mental workload, enabling an objective means of detecting overload conditions during complex tasks. When compared to other brain imaging techniques, fNIRS provides a non-invasive, portable and reliable measure that lends itself towards more ecologically valid settings. Our findings confirm a correlation between fNIRS and NASA-TLX subjective workload questionnaire. Our results provide insights into fNIRS and its relation to mental workload, and we propose the use of fNIRS as a continuous objective tool for detecting task overload situations.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2014 - Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Apr 201410 Apr 2014


ConferenceContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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