Faculty Advisor

Onal, Cagdas Denizel

Faculty Advisor

Skorinko, Jeanine LM

Abstract

Psychophysiology uses physiological data to gain insights into psychological states, such as sweat indicating anxiety or facial tics when repressing bias. One such measure, electromyography (EMG), detects muscular movements through reading electrical impulses beneath the skin. Unfortunately, many EMG devices experience problems such as high signal noise, prohibitive setups, and high costs that restrict study design. Our project applied new technologies from soft robotics to develop an alternative to EMG. While a full study was not possible, testing of our device suggested that flexible embedded fluid sensors could function in place of EMG when examining participant stress through the trapezius muscle, and our cost analysis suggests they are significantly less expensive.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-05-15

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Interdisciplinary

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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