Editorial : cognitive-motor interference in multi-tasking research

  • Multitasking is ubiquitous in our everyday life. Accordingly, situations in which two or more tasks need to be handled concurrently or in close temporal succession have been studied intensely. Different paradigms have been developed in that context (Koch et al., 2018). Over the last decades, the psychological refractory period (PRP) paradigm has dominated dual-task research, because it allows quantitative predictions of reaction time increases coupled to stimulus onset asynchrony. Part of the success of this paradigm is grounded in the fact that most of the studies are run under strict experimental control with very elementary tasks, mostly characterized by a definite start and ending. However, it remains unclear whether these limited settings sufficiently reflect the range of eventualities we find in real life. Rather, there is accumulating evidence that important factors modulating multitask performance are not sufficiently captured by the PRP approach. Here we focus on evidence that motor responses that involve continuous interaction with the environment may engage processes that alter the coordination of concurrently performed tasks in fundamental ways. ...

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Author:Karen ZentgrafGND, Hermann Müller, Eliot Hazeltine
Pubmed Id:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31417467
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in psychology
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
Place of publication:Lausanne
Contributor(s):Guy Cheron
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2019
Date of first Publication:2019/07/30
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/08/19
Tag:costs; interference; movements; multi-tasking; real world
Issue:Art. 1744
Page Number:3
First Page:1
Last Page:3
Copyright © 2019 Zentgraf, Müller and Hazeltine. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Institutes:Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften / Sportwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 790 Freizeitgestaltung, darstellende Künste, Sport
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0