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When multitasking, keep it simple

Wetering, M.M. van de (2015) When multitasking, keep it simple. Master's Thesis / Essay, Human-Machine Communication.

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Abstract

Multitasking is possible to quite an extent without performance being inhibited. It depends on how frequently the primary task is interrupted, the timing and duration of the interruption, the complexity of the tasks and several other factors. In this thesis the relationship between the complexity of the tasks and the degree of disruption that is caused by multitasking will be examined. As primary tasks, two variants of the child’s game Memory (or Pelmanism) were used that varied in complexity. The easy variant used images and the complex variant used cards with mathematical equations. The secondary task was a kind of farm game. This was considered a complex task where participants had to fulfil orders by growing the right crops. Results showed that participants were performing a bit worse when interrupted while playing the easy Memory variant, but the influence of interruption on the performance of the complex Memory task was much larger.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Human-Machine Communication
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:09
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:09
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/13381

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