Analyzing control-display movement compatibility: A neuroimaging study

S. M.Hadi Hosseini, Maryam Rostami, Makoto Takahashi, Naoki Miura, Motoaki Sugiura, Ryuta Kawashima

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Despite the huge number of studies on control-display compatibility conducted over the past fifty years, there are still debates concerning the efficacy of conventional measures such as subjective evaluation and performance measures for discriminating between compatible and incompatible control-display mappings. Since compatibility refers to the control-display relationship corresponding to mental model of the users, we tried to apply functional neuroimaging technique as a direct objective measure for analyzing cognitive factors involved in human-machine interaction (HMI). Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) was applied in order to analyze rotary control-linear display movement compatibility for horizontal and vertical linear displays. Although the results of behavioral measures were not significantly different for incompatible and compatible control-display mappings, neuroimaging results were quite successful in discriminating between them. Moreover, the fMRI results showed significantly greater brain activity for the incompatible condition than for the compatible one in the left posterior cingulate and the right inferior temporal gyrus that reveals the involvement of a greater cognitive load in terms of attention and visuomotor transformation in the incompatible condition. The results of this study suggest that neuroimaging method is a good complement to conventional measures and is quite helpful to acquire a better understanding of the cognitive processes involved in HMI.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics - 8th International Conference, EPCE 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, Proceedings
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event8th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2009 Jul 192009 Jul 24

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5639 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other8th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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