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Time takes space: selective effects of multitasking on concurrent spatial processing
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Cognitive psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Cognitive psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Cognitive psychology.
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2017 (English)In: Cognitive Processing, ISSN 1612-4782, E-ISSN 1612-4790, Vol. 18, no 3, 229-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many everyday activities require coordination and monitoring of complex relations of future goals and deadlines. Cognitive offloading may provide an efficient strategy for reducing control demands by representing future goals and deadlines as a pattern of spatial relations. We tested the hypothesis that multiple-task monitoring involves time-to-space transformational processes, and that these spatial effects are selective with greater demands on coordinate (metric) than categorical (nonmetric) spatial relation processing. Participants completed a multitasking session in which they monitored four series of deadlines, running on different time scales, while making concurrent coordinate or categorical spatial judgments. We expected and found that multitasking taxes concurrent coordinate, but not categorical, spatial processing. Furthermore, males showed a better multitasking performance than females. These findings provide novel experimental evidence for the hypothesis that efficient multitasking involves metric relational processing.

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2017. Vol. 18, no 3, 229-235 p.
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Multitasking, Spatial relation processing, Cognitive offloading, Time monitoring
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145852DOI: 10.1007/s10339-017-0799-4ISI: 000406352000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145852DiVA: diva2:1135603
Available from: 2017-08-23 Created: 2017-08-23 Last updated: 2017-08-23Bibliographically approved

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