October 4, 2018
Non-invasive brain scans could one day be used to assess workers’ competence on the job.
In a new study, researchers have pinpointed key differences in the brain activity of skilled surgeons compared to novices – enough that they were able to distinguish between the two based on the scans.
The findings could pave the way for more accurate methods of measuring performance among surgeons and other highly skilled professionals.
‘Measuring motor skill proficiency is critical for the certification of highly skilled individuals in numerous fields,’ the researchers explain in a new study published to the journal Science Advances.
‘However, conventional measures use subjective metrics that often cannot distinguish between expertise levels.’
According to the researchers, though, the new method outperforms the standard ways of measuring proficiency in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), which is required for certification by the American Board of Surgery.
This article was posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:05 am