Moods and Programmers' Performance

Iftikhar Ahmed Khan; Robert M. Hierons; Willem-Paul Brinkman

We tested the impact of mood on the debugging performance of programmers. Four movie clips were used to induce programmer’s mood. In the test, 72 programmers watched both a neutral video clip and one of the four mood evoking video clips and after each of these they took a debugging test. Examination of the test results revealed an almost significant effect for the arousal mood-dimension on both debug score (F (1, 70) = 3.33, p = 0.07) and on the number of questions attempted within the required time (F (1, 70) = 6.26, p = 0.015). However, no significant effect was found for the valance mood dimension. These results seem to suggest that the programmer’s ability to find and correct errors in program code depends on their level of arousal.

Type of Publication: Paper
Conference: PPIG 2007 - 19th Annual Workshop
Publication Year: 2007
Paper #: 2
TitleMoods and Programmers' Performance
Publication TypePaper
AuthorsKhan, IAhmed, Hierons, RM, Brinkman, W-P
PPIG Workshop: 
2007-07-19th