Mississippi State University
Mohammadi-Aragh, Mahnas Jean
Burch, Rueben F., V
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Master of Science (M.S.)
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Distraction from personal technology is a widely recognized problem in the modern classroom. Further, instructors have limited abilities to determine when students are waxing or waning in attentiveness. This evaluative experiment leverages the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensors to capture signs of attentiveness in participants simulating remote university lectures of differing interest levels as determined by YouTube commenters. Once captured, the heart rate data separated and analyzed to determine the effect of the lecture treatment on the participants’ heart rates. Twenty-seven students from Mississippi State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering departments elected to participate in the experiment, which shows a statistically relevant finding that the participants’ heart rates generally accelerated when presented interesting content and decelerated when treated with the uninteresting content, expressing with confidence the finding that the Apple Watch is capable of measuring attentiveness through heart rate.
Brown, Erik Rhodes, "Determining student attentiveness by use of heart rate measurement using a wearable device" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 5969.
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