publication . Doctoral thesis . 2013

The Effects of Interruption Task Complexity and Interruptions on Student Multitasking

Tan, Jiun Yi;
Open Access English
  • Published: 02 Jul 2013
  • Publisher: The University of Edinburgh
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Students commonly multitask while studying. The ubiquitous use of laptops and computers has facilitated this phenomenon and even changed the nature of multitasking in studying environments. Interruptions have an undeniable presence in these everyday studying environments and there are growing concerns about their potential to disrupt both performance and the learning process. Since interruptions are unavoidable, it is useful to identify the features that make some interruptions more disruptive than others. This study investigates how interruption task complexity affects student multitasking, using a novel computer-based multitasking paradigm comprising four subt...
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free text keywords: Interruption complexity, Interruptions, Student multitasking
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