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|Title: ||On the Benefits of Distractibility? Inhibitory Control in Media Multitaskers|
|Authors: ||Anderson, John Arnold Edward|
|Advisor: ||Hasher, Lynn|
Grady, Cheryl L.
|Keywords: ||media multitasking|
reading with distraction
|Issue Date: ||14-Dec-2010|
|Abstract: ||A study by Ophir, Nass & Wagner found that younger adults who are heavy media multitaskers (HMM) perform worse on cognitive measures assessing inhibitory control. Previous findings indicated no benefit to being an HMM, however extrapolating from the aging literature wherein older adults can use distraction beneficially, the authors hypothesized that HMMs might show parallel gains. Two tasks (Reading with Distraction, and the Flanker task) are reported with regard to trait media multitasking preference in undergraduates. As expected, LMMs generally outperformed HMMs, but less consistently than predicted. The hypothesis was not proven; media multitaskers, while 4x more likely to recognize the implicit nature of the task, were not more likely to use previously distracting information suggesting that a different mechanism is operating in HMMs than older adults who readily use this information.|
|Appears in Collections:||Master|
Department of Psychology - Master theses
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