Entries with tag cognitive psychology.

New Authentication Approach Uses Implicit Learning

Stanford University researchers have developed a new authentication approach based on a cognitive psychology concept called implicit learning. In this concept, subjects learn patterns without being aware they are doing so. Via a computer game, the system delivers a secret password to the user without the user consciously knowing what the password is. The system uses patterns in playing the game that create the password. In testing, participants reauthenticated the series of 30 keystrokes by re-playing the game. Organizations could use the approach in high-security applications such as systems providing access to a secured area of a nuclear or military facility. With their system, researchers say, users could not be coerced into revealing the password because they aren’t conscious of it. They will be presented their work on 8 August at the USENIX Security Symposium in Bellevue, Washington. (PhysOrg)(NBCNews.com)(New Scientist)

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