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Concurrent multitasking: do people optimally use cognitive resources?

Rooij, P.N. de (2014) Concurrent multitasking: do people optimally use cognitive resources? Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.

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Abstract

How good are people at multitasking when given free choice in what tasks they perform? This question has yet to be answered in concurrent multitasking. Are they able to minimize load (lessen interference) to achieve the best performance? An experiment was conducted where participants were able to freely choose which combination of tasks they want to do at any time. The results show that people take on more tasks as the experiment progresses, because this maximizes their score. Also, the task combination predicted to have the least interference by the threaded cognition theory, is in fact the most preferred condition of the participants. The task combination which is expected to be disliked most does not significantly decrease over time compared to the most preferred one however. These findings indicate that the score system is likely to be a contributor to the intrinsic motivation of participants.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:58
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/12020

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