Pareto in the Driver’s Seat: when Goal Intentions affect Multitasking Outcomes
Tuesday, March 3 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Location: Meeting Room 3
Abstract: This study examines whether people exhibit different multitasking capabilities when they focus on task completion versus task accuracy. We compared undergraduate students’ reading comprehension test results during 1) a completion task and 2) an accuracy task in three different multi-tasking settings: a) in silence, b) with a video playing in the background, and c) with a video playing that the student knows will be tested. Initial findings point to a significant interaction in which participants given the accuracy-task assignment in multitasking settings and the completion-task assignment in mono-tasking settings are getting more correct answers in the allotted time period than those who did their completion-tasks with the video on and accuracy-tasks in silence.