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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the World Congress on Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems and Science




In this study, we were able to show how cognitive load measurement during the initiation of a complex visual task can predict user response. We measured cognitive load using pupil size and microsaccade rate. The initial phase of task was defined as the first 25 percent of the trial Reaction Time (RT), which was variable up to 50 seconds. The complex visual task entailed a set of twelve words that could be grouped based into 1, 2, or 3 categories or sets, e.g., the words bed, pillow, headboard, etc. can be grouped into a single set that is bedroom. We found a significant correlation between initial cognitive load and final user response to the task. This study provides new insights into the initial cognitive processes that would have practical applications in adaptive user interface design, early warning controls, and detection in human performance.


Cognitive Load, Eye Movement, Initial Response, Visual Tasks


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Computer Science