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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Investigating the Effects of Multitasking with Technology

In today’s digital world ‘multitasking’ has become a norm with all of us - especially college students. How effective are they at simultaneously managing activities? Is it changing their thinking, shortening their attention span? Such issues were the motivation behind this study. The goal of this research was to investigate factors that impact multitasking with a focus on how and what sorts of information technology tools facilitate or hinder this concept. Consequently extant research was reviewed. This led us to develop a preliminary conceptual model that outlines specific categories of independent variables such as technology, task difficulty, number of tasks, etc. impacting multitasking as well as the categories of the resulting dependent variables such as performance, productivity, and health. This research will have implications for how multitasking with technology can be effectively used within learning environments. And also help to guide better information technology tools design.

Presenter: Gerardo Silva (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Computer Information Systems
Location: Fireside Lounge, Seymour Union
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.

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