Pareto in the Driver’s Seat: when Goal Intentions affect Multitasking Outcomes

ID: 25461 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Tip Robertson, Lin Lin, and Jennifer Lee, The University of North Texas, United States

Tuesday, March 3 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Location: Meeting Room 3

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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.


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