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Natural break points: Utilizing motor cues when multitasking

Janssen, CP; Brumby, DP; Garnett, R; (2010) Natural break points: Utilizing motor cues when multitasking. Presented at: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

We investigate how people utilize motor preparation time under varying task objectives as a cue to switch between tasks when dialing and driving. Previous research has shown that people tend to switch between tasks at positions where a chunk of digits is retrieved from memory. If the number of chunks is minimized, do people use motor preparation time as a cue to switch between tasks instead? A study was conducted in which participants drove a simulated vehicle while also dialing two phone numbers that contained sets of repeating digits. Participants tended to switch between tasks after typing in a complete set of repeating digits. This effect took precedence over cognitive cues, and was robust when different relative priorities for the two tasks were adhered to (focus on driving, or on dialing). However, when participants prioritized driving they invested more in steering control. Limitations and implications of the work are discussed. Copyright 2010 by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Inc. All rights reserved.

Type: Conference item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: Natural break points: Utilizing motor cues when multitasking
ISBN-13: 9781617820885
DOI: 10.1518/107118110X12829369202754
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/703594
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