Cognitive Underpinnings of Multitask Performance
Multitasking is a typical feature of many situations both in everyday life, for example listening to a radio program while preparing a meal, and in work contexts, for example listening to the questions of a customer while searching for her files on the computer. However, strong temporal overlap of critical mental sub-processes during task performance can produce dual-task interference, such as cross-talk between task-specific information. We investigate dual-task interference on several levels
- Functional characterisation of cognitive bottlenecks in multitasking
- Visual short-term memory in dual tasks
- Inertia of mental task set in dual tasks
- Verbal self-instruction in dual tasks
- Involuntary priming of action across tasks, so-called cross-talk
- Task-dependent coding of actions in dual tasks
The aim of this research is to achieve a better knowledge of the functional mechanisms underlying multitask performance. Based on this knowledge, we seek to explore practical implications for making mental work processes more efficient.
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