Computer programming skills: A cognitive perspective

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    The studies in the current thesis examine programming skills from a broad cognitive perspective. Study 1 aims to validate two short versions of an existing programming test. Studies 2 and 3 ask whether cognitive skills and autistic traits predict programming performance in an undergraduate course. The results show that logical reasoning is the most reliable predictor of programming skill and that autistic traits do not predict programming performance. In the final study, brain activity is measured in an EEG experiment. The results show that a programming language may be processed similarly in the brain to natural languages.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Groningen
    • Bastiaanse, Roelien, Supervisor
    • Nickels, Lyndsey, Supervisor, External person
    • Marinus, E., Co-supervisor, External person
    • Robidoux, S., Co-supervisor, External person
    • Popov, Srdan, Co-supervisor
    Award date29-Apr-2021
    Place of Publication[Groningen]
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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