Myth of Multitasking

IB Psychology: Myth of Multitasking

One of the great contributions of the Working Memory Model is its ability to explain how we can “multi-task.” As long as different components of Working Memory are being used, we are able to do more than one task at once – for example, talk to a friend while walking to work. However, the model also explains why multi-tasking may not work when it comes to several of the tasks that we assume we can easily do together...

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Ian Latham 21 February 2018 - 18:29

Used this today. Thanks. Ss jigsaw read & shared info. My task is similar to above, only I asked the students to make the studies link so that their version was a natural extension of the other two in terms of population, task, stimulus, etc. I can see Poldrack working v.well. But Brasel & Gips is less useful as we can't manage eye-tracking. As I'm on a tight schedule, I'd like to give a selection of studies and get them to select the one that links best to Poldrack and their own design. I've already started looking but am having little luck - by chance, can you suggest any studies? Thanks!

Ian Latham 23 February 2018 - 09:42

Found Poldrack worked nicely with a study by Cain et al, 2016 on media multitasking in teens + working memory + real-world measure of academic achievement. Posting in case it's of interest. Thanks again for a great activity.

John Crane 26 February 2018 - 06:24

Thank you, Ian. Cain et al (2016) also looks very helpful. I appreciate all you contribute to this site and to Facebook!

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