Industrial Designers Problem-Solving and Designing: An EEG Study

  • Sonia Vieira (Vortragender)
  • John Gero (Autor)
  • Jessica Delmoral (Autor)
  • Valentin Gattol (Autor)
  • Carlos Fernandes (Autor)
  • Marco Parente (Autor)
  • António Augusto Fernandes (Autor)

Aktivität: Vortrag ohne Tagungsband / VorlesungPräsentation auf einer wissenschaftlichen Konferenz / Workshop


This paper presents results from an experiment to determine brain activation differences between problem-solving and designing of industrial designers. The study adopted and extended the tasks described in a fMRI study of design cognition and measured brain activation using electroencephalography (EEG). By taking advantage of EEG's high temporal resolution we focus on time-related neural responses during problem-solving compared to design tasks. The experiment consists of multiple tasks: problem-solving, basic design and open design using a tangible interface. The tasks are preceded by a familiarizing pre-task and then extended to a fourth open design task using free-hand sketching. The results indicate design cognition differences in the brain measurements of task-related power and temporal analysis of transformed power between the problem-solving task and the design tasks. Statistical analyses indicate increased brain activation when designing compared to problem-solving. Results of time-related neural responses connected to Brodmann´ areas cognitive functions, contribute to a better understanding of industrial designers´ cognition.
Zeitraum14 Nov. 201915 Nov. 2019
EreignistitelInternational Research & Education in Design Conference 2019 - REDES2019

Research Field

  • Ehemaliges Research Field - Technology Experience


  • design
  • industrial designers
  • design neurocognition
  • problem-solving