I was wondering today: what would a doctor think if he was watching my stats while I was programming? Would my heart rate go way down? Way up? Would an EEG look really strange?
I wonder for two reasons:
- When programming, I often enter a weird state of super concentration, where I'm aware of little going on around me, and the code in front of me ceases to be a sequence of characters and takes on a much more abstract realization. I'm not claiming this as a unique experience - I think this is a common experience for many developers.
- Sometimes when I'm writing code, I get really hot. I have a thermometer next to my desk, and the temperature rarely varies by more than one degree. So as a guy that's generally quite cold, getting warm is a sign that something is unusual. I haven't linked it to one particular activity yet (e.g. debugging, design, etc.), usually because I'm too distracted by being in state #1.
A quick Google didn't turn up anything on studies in this area, but I have to wonder if there's been some work done here.