Neurocognitive Design Methods for Plastic Model Kit
Authors: Motoharu Takao, Masato Matsushima, Shintaro Koretake, Hiroyo Shimizu, Takafumi Kamei
Abstract: A plastic model is provided as a kit to be assembled by hobbyists, and intended for static display. Although numerous products are designed and provided by many firms, the blue prints tend to be drawn empirically by engineers. Then, modelers sometimes get tired when they make the same parts repetitively. Electroencephalogram (EEG) is an attractive measure for neurocognitive functions. Especially, frontal midline theta brain wave activity (Fm theta) has been reported to be a good sign for such brain functions. Fm theta is a paradoxical phenomenon that slow brain wave is activated under high arousal condition. Many studies have reported that Fm theta can be recorded during some mental workload task performances: mental calculation, working memory tasks, and TV games. We have already discovered that plastic model building can can evoke a more sustained and higher amplitude Fm theta, compared with mental calculation, the original and standard task for Fm theta activation (Takao et al., 2010). There is no other study on brain function for plastic model buildings. In this paper, we discuss the possibility of Fm theta as a neurocognitive method to evaluate blue print.
Keywords: Plastic Model Kit, Electroencephalogram, Frontal Midline Theta (Fm theta), Design
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