Developing brain-computer interfaces from a user-centered perspective: Assessing the needs of persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, caregivers, and professionals

Giulia Liberati, Alessia Pizzimenti, Luca Simione, Angela Riccio, Francesca Schettini, Maurizio Inghilleri, Donatella Mattia, Febo Cincotti

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Abstract

By focus group methodology, we examined the opinions and requirements of persons with ALS, their caregivers, and health care assistants with regard to developing a brain-computer interface (BCI) system that fulfills the user's needs. Four overarching topics emerged from this analysis: 1) lack of information on BCI and its everyday applications; 2) importance of a customizable system that supports individuals throughout the various stages of the disease; 3) relationship between affectivity and technology use; and 4) importance of individuals retaining a sense of agency. These findings should be considered when developing new assistive technology. Moreover, the BCI community should acknowledge the need to bridge experimental results and its everyday application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Volume50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Brain-computer interfaces
  • User-centered approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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