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Research Bernoulli Institute Calendar Colloquia - Computer Science

Extra Seminar Computer Science

When:Tu 15-01-2019 09:00 - 10:00
Where:5161.0293 Bernoulliborg


Software Development: from Cognition to Emotions


Cognition refers to processes such as attention, problem-solving, and planning, whereas emotions are involved in the conscious (or unconscious) evaluation of events.

Software development is inherently a cognitive process in which continuous decisions are taken with emotions attached to it—from the anger caused by an hard-to-locate bug to the joy of having a pull request merged. Cognitive processes and emotions can potentially be exploited to improve how we develop software.

In this seminar, I will present initial results about the elicitation of developers‘ cognition and its impact on, among others, source code quality and productivity. Moreover, I will introduce further studies aimed at identifying developers‘ emotions using physiological sensors and leverage them to improve their experience.