Multitasking: The Consequences of Divided Attention

by Kelsey Myers
Faculty advisor: Dr. Jeanne Tinsley

Multitasking has occurred for many years but has become a prominent focus with the recent popularity of technological gadgets. Hembrooke and Gay (2003) examined the effects of technology around students in learning environments. The presented research investigates task performances while being distracted. Participants viewed an educational video and were tested to determine how much information was retained. It was expected that (1) students with computer access to distracting objects (Internet, e-mail, instant messenger, etc.) would perform more poorly than students without computer access.