Understanding understanding source code with functional magnetic resonance imaging

  title={Understanding understanding source code with functional magnetic resonance imaging},
  author={Janet Siegmund and Christian K{\"a}stner and Sven Apel and Chris Parnin and Anja Bethmann and Thomas Leich and Gunter Saake and Andr{\'e} Brechmann},
Program comprehension is an important cognitive process that inherently eludes direct measurement. Thus, researchers are struggling with providing suitable programming languages, tools, or coding conventions to support developers in their everyday work. In this paper, we explore whether functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which is well established in cognitive neuroscience, is feasible to soundly measure program comprehension. In a controlled experiment, we observed 17 participants… CONTINUE READING
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