Does gender influence emotions resulting from positive applause feedback in self-assessment testing? Evidence from neuroscience

Chia Ju Liu, Chin Fei Huang, Ming Chi Liu, Yu Cheng Chien, Chia Hung Lai, Yueh-Min Huang

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Abstract

Computerized self-assessment testing can help learners reflect on learning content and can also promote their motivation toward learning. However, a positive affective state is the key to achieving these learning goals. This study aims to examine learning gains and emotional reactions resulting from receiving emotional feedback in the form of applause during computerized self-assessment testing of university students. The participants were asked to solve mathematics problems in a computer-assisted self-assessment system with or without pre-recorded applause as emotional feedback while EEG measurements were taken. Using psychological evidence from neuroscience technology, we tested the hypothesis that the part of the brain that generates feelings of reward is more active in male students than in female students during computer-assisted self-assessment testing. The results of this study provide support for the belief that it is useful to reduce negative emotional states in students by using emotional reactions such as applause during computer-assisted self-assessment testing, especially in the case of male students. It is suggested that instructors may wish to create such a positive emotional self-assessment learning environment to encourage students to learn by themselves more efficiently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-350
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Technology and Society
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Engineering(all)

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