The Psychophysiology of Flow: A Systematic Review of Peripheral Nervous System Features

Raphael Knierim, Raphael Rissler, Verena Dorner, Alexander Maedche, Christof Weinhardt

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As information systems (IS) are increasingly able to induce highly engaging and interactive experiences, the phenomenon of flow is considered a promising vehicle to understand IS user behavior and to ultimately inform the design of flow-fostering IS. However, despite growing interest of researchers in the phenomenon, knowledge about how to continuously assess flow during IS usage is limited. Hereby, recent developments in NeuroIS and psychophysiology propose novel possibilities to overcome this limitation. This article presents the results of a systematic literature review (SLR) on peripheral nervous system indicators of flow. The findings revealed that currently four major approaches exist towards physiological measurement. Propositions for simple and unobtrusive measurement in IS research are derived in conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems and Neuroscience. Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
Editors Davis F., Riedl R., vom Brocke J., Léger PM., Randolph A.
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages109 - 120
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-67430-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502050 Business informatics

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